NFL Futures Contract
I wanted to give people more insight into a fairly unknown concept in the NFL, Futures/Reserves contracts.
When a NFL player is signed to a “reserve/futures” contract, it means they are being signed for the upcoming season, even though that season does not officially begin until the official start of the league’s new year as outlined by the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the previous season ended are eligible for these types of contracts. If they were under contract, then they would remain so until the league’s new year starts. Players who were on practice squads at the end of the season are eligible to sign with any team. Hence the reason that you see many practice squad players being signed by their current team for the upcoming year to a reserve/futures contract. That way the team can continue to work with a player they’re familiar with and hopefully get them ready for an eventual roster spot on game day.
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