The Seahawks signed OL Terry Poole to a futures contract on Tuesday, bringing to 16 the number of players the team has signed to futures deals since the end of the regular season.
With their season over, the Seattle Seahawks are beginning to replenish what will be their 90-man roster entering next season.
One way teams do that once the season ends is by signing players to what are termed “futures” contracts. What that means is the player signs an agreement now that will have him under contract with the team when the 2016 NFL league year begins March 9.
The Seahawks have signed 16 players to futures contracts since Sunday’s 31-24 playoff loss to the Panthers. That includes all players who were on the practice squad at the end of the season and a few others. Practice squads exist only during the regular season and playoffs, so the team must re-sign those players to futures deals to keep them.
The latest signing came Tuesday when the Seahawks signed offensive lineman Terry Poole, who was a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 but spent the season on the practice squad. He finished the season on injured reserve.
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Here are the players the Seahawks have signed to futures contracts:
- OL Terry Poole
- TE Robbie Shields
- QB Phillip Sims
- Long snapper Andrew East
- FB Brandon Cottom
- CB George Farmer
- WR DeShon Foxx
- WR Antwan Goodley
- DT Justin Hamilton
- CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
- OL Drew Nowak
- OL Will Pericak
- S Robert Smith
- DE DeAngelo Tyson
- WR Douglas McNeil III
There are some familiar names on the list, led by Nowak, who started seven games at center for Seattle this season before being waived and then re-signed to the practice squad with the emergence of Patrick Lewis.
The Seahawks likely will sign more players to futures contracts as they continue to fill out their roster.