January 2nd, 2018 at 9:19pm CST by Dallas Robinson
Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:
With Richard Sherman lost for the season, the Seahawks are now in the market for a new cornerback. Well, the team is apparently zeroing in on a pair of familiar faces, as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports (via Twitter) that free agent defensive backs Byron MaxwellandTrovon Reed are expected to audition for the team.
Maxwell, a 2011 sixth-round pick, made a name for himself during his tenure in Seattle. After serving in a backup role during his first two seasons in the league, Maxwell took on more responsibility during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. After starting 12 games and compiling 39 tackles and a pair of interceptions during his final season in Seattle, Maxwell signed a lucrative six-year deal with the Eagles during the 2015 offseason. The veteran has struggled since, as he was traded to the Dolphins after only one season in Philly, and he was eventually released by Miami earlier this season. Since then, the 29-year-old has had a lone workout with the Falcons.
Reed has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Auburn in 2015. The 26-year-old has had a pair of stints with the Seahawks organization, and he also spent time with the Rams, Dolphins, and Chargers. Reed played in six games (one start) for the Chargers in 2016, compiling 14 tackles, three passes defended, and two interceptions.
Beatty is perhaps the most high-profile name of the bunch, as the veteran offensive tackle 63 career starts under his belt (all for the Giants). Having served as a backup last season, Beatty would presumably play right tackle for the Saints, who are down to Senio Kelemete on the right side following starter Zach Strief‘s MCL sprain. Ola, too, would give New Orleans depth along their front five, although he doesn’t offer nearly the experience that does Beatty (only 19 starts).
As Caplan noted, the Saints essentially worked out the majority of the top free agents on the defensive side of the ball, and that comes as no surprise. Despite throwing free agent funds and draft picks at its defense, New Orleans ranks dead last in yards, 31st in scoring, and 31st in DVOA through two weeks.
Douzable, Howard, Jean-Francois, Johnson, and Langford have all served as quality starters in the very recent future, and Douzable (49ers), Howard (Bears), and Jean-Francois (Packers) have each signed contracts earlier this offseason only to be released later. Wilson, meanwhile, repeatedly bounced on-and-off the Bears’ roster a year ago, and also has a previous stint in New Orleans.
Per Pelissero, the Saints’ Week 4 contest in London is a factor in the club working out such a long list of players right now. Given that New Orleans won’t have much time to audition veterans in the coming weeks, the team will likely update its emergency list now before heading across the pond.