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