The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that they’ve signed C James Stone to a future/reserve contract.
The Buccaneers have now signed 12 players futures deals since their season ended a few weeks ago. The full list includes:
- OL Mike Liedtke (NFLTR)
- S Isaiah Johnson
- RB Blake Sims
- TE Tevin Westbrook
- OL Josh Allen
- CB Cody Riggs
- TE Kivon Cartwright
- K John Lunsford
- G Jarvis Harrison
- FB Quayvon Hicks
- LB Jeff Knox
- C James Stone
Future/reserve contracts are essentially an opportunity for players compete for a roster spot in offseason workouts and during training camp.
Stone, 24, signed on with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee back in May of 2014. He wound up appearing in 12 games during his rookie season before later suffering a torn ACL last year that led to him being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Stone was entering the final year of his three-year, $1.53 million rookie contract when the Falcons cut him loose in July.
In 2015, Stone appeared in seven games for the Falcons. According to Pro Football Focus, Stone played a total of 137 snaps for the Falcons last year.