Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Dolphins have signed former Olympian and DL Lawrence Okoye to a future/reserve contract on Thursday.
Okoye becomes the 13th player to sign a futures deal with the Dolphins since their season ended. The full list includes:
- LB Lamin Barro
- CB Daniel Davie
- OT Jesse Davis
- QB Brandon Doughty
- RB Storm Johnson
- LB Deon Lacey
- DE Arthur Miley
- TE Chris Pantale
- RB Senorise Perry
- OT Terry Poole
- DE Julius Warmsley
- LB Brandon Watts
- DL Lawrence Okoye
Future/reserve contracts are essentially an opportunity for players compete for a roster spot in offseason workouts and during training camp.
Okoye, 25, originally signed on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent back in 2013. He was considered to be a developmental project, seeing as he was a former rugby and track star.
After a little over two years in San Francisco, Okoye signed on to the Cardinals’ practice squad last year. He later signed on with the Jets, who elected to make Okoye an offensive lineman upon adding him to their practice squad. However, they waived him this past June.
The Cowboys signed him to a contract this summer but he was later cut loose at the start of the season. Okoye wound up finishing out the 2016 season on the Bears’ practice squad.
Okoye has yet to appear in an NFL game.