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Buccaneers sign eight practice squadders to futures contracts

The offseason roster is already taking shape.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Minicamp Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed eight players to futures contracts today, the team announced. Futures contracts are effectively regular contracts that take effect at the start of next season’s offseason: March 6. Only players who aren’t on a 53-man roster are eligible for these contracts.

All eight of the players were on the Bucs’ practice squad of the season, including linebacker Eric Nzeocha, who was with the Bucs on an international development program that set aside a special practice squad spot for him. Nzeocha, who is German, will get a shot to stick around this year.

Other players to keep an eye on are cornerback Maurice Fleming and fullback Austin Johnson, who could end up earning a roster spot next season.

Here’s the list of players the Bucs signed today.

CB Maurice Fleming

FB Austin Johnson

WR Jake Lampman

WR Devin Lucien

LB Eric Nzeocha

T Givens Price

T Grad Seaton

G Avery Young