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Buccaneers sign seven players to futures contracts

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed seven players to future contracts, the team announced. These signings had earlier been reported by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

The seven players the Buccaneers signed are safety Shelton Johnson, wide receiver Chandler Jones, quarterback Seth Lobato, defensive tackle Matt Masifilo, tackle Matt patchan, guard Jeremiah Warren and cornerback Jocquel Skinner.

Masifilo and Patchan should be familiar to Bucs fans. The former was shuffled on and off the team's roster and practice squad throughout the past couple of years, while the latter is a local product out of USF who joined the team as an undrafted free agent last year.

Seth Lobato may be the most intriguing name on the roster, though. The Northern Colorado product was an undrafted rookie last year who mostly spent time with the Miami Dolphins. He's a big, strong-armed pocket quarterback who has a decent chance to stick as the team's third quarterback this offseason, provided they don't keep both Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

These futures contracts represent only a minor commitment on the part of the Buccaneers. They don't mean much more than that the Bucs want them around for the first few practices of the offseason.