The Carolina Panthers have begun signing players to future/reserve contract now that their regular season is over.
The players signed so far include:
- OT Blaine Clausell
- DT Eric Crume
- WR Kayarris Garrett
- CB Tyler Patton
- RB Jalen Simmons
- TE Scott Simonson
- OT Pearce Slater
- OT Tyrus Thompson
- TE Eric Wallace
- S Brian Blechen
- OT Jake Rodgers
- FB Darrel Young
Future/reserve contracts are essentially an opportunity for players compete for a roster spot in offseason workouts and during training camp.
Young, 29, signed on with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova back in 2009. He played out his rookie contract before signing a three-year extension with Washington in 2013.
In 2015, Young appeared in all 16 games for the Redskins, but was limited to six carries for 10 yards to go along with six receptions for 22 yards and no touchdowns.
Clausell, 24, wound up signing on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State back in May of last year. He was unfortunately among their final roster cuts, but he managed to sign on to the Patriots’ practice squad just a few days later.
Clausell returned to the Ravens later on in the year and was brought back on a future/reserve contract. However, the Ravens once again waived him coming out of the preseason before signing him to their practice squad.
In November, the Redskins signed Clausell off of the Ravens’ practice squad before cutting him loose a month ago. The Panthers later added him to their practice squad.
Clausell has yet to appear in an NFL game.