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NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/22/18

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:

Minnesota Vikings

  • OT Dieugot Joseph
  • OT Cedrick Lang
  • DE Caushaud Lyons
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • CB Horace Richardson
  • LB Antwione Williams.

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/19/18

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:

Arizona Cardinals

  • LB Praise Martin-Oguike

Oakland Raiders

  • LS Andrew East

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • S Malik Golden
  • LB Darnell Leslie
  • P Matt Wile

Tennessee Titans

  • QB Tyler Ferguson

Washington Redskins

Redskins Sign Orlando Franklin

The Redskins have made sure to bring some offensive line depth to training camp even before the offseason starts. The team has signed veteran offensive lineman Orlando Franklin to a futures/reserve contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).

Orlando Franklin (vertical)

Franklin, 30, actually signed with the team during this past regular season while the Redskins dealt with injuries to a number of offensive lineman. However, he was released after just spending a week in D.C. The move to bring Franklin back could be much needed as the Redskins could be losing offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao, Tony Bergstrom and Spencer Long to free agency this offseason.

Franklin spent four years in Denver after the Broncos took him in the second round back in 2011. He then played with the Chargers for two seasons before signing with the Saints last summer, but was cut just five days after agreeing to terms with New Orleans.

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Saints To Sign Josh Huff

Josh Huff went from being the primary Eagles kick returner for three seasons to spending the 2017 season out of the league, but the wide receiver looks to soon have another chance.

The Saints are planning to sign Huff on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Wilson notes Huff has been training in Houston. He’s certainly traversed the NFL workout circuit over the past few months.

Huff twice worked out for the Saints this season, auditioning for New Orleans in September and December. In between, he received tryouts with the Jets, Texans and Redskins (twice) but remained a free agent. The Buccaneers sent Huff to free agency in September.

Arrested for unlawfully possessing a weapon in 2016, Huff did not see any jail time on that charge, instead receiving six months’ probation.

The 26-year-old wideout/return man played seven games with the Eagles and three with the Bucs in 2016 and has two kick-return touchdowns to his credit. Huff showed the Saints a glimpse of his receiving abilities in 2015, when he caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against them that October.

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NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/17/18

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:

Buffalo Bills

Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts

New York Jets

  • P Ben Turk

Patriots Re-Sign PR Bernard Reedy

The Patriots announced that they have re-signed punt returner Bernard Reedy. Reedy will be eligible to play in this weekend’s AFC title game against the Jaguars. Bernard Reedy (vertical)

The Pats will have to make a roster move in order to bring Reedy back into the fold. That will likely be accomplished by placing cornerback Jonathan Jones on IR. On Wednesday afternoon, New England opted against activating wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell from injured reserve, which cleared the way for Reedy to rejoin the team.

Reedy, 26, spent 2017 with the Patriots and Bucs. In total, he returned 18 punts for 175 yards plus seven kickoffs for 145 yards.

The Toledo product caught on with the Pats’ taxi squad in November after the Bucs ended his lengthy Tampa Bay stay. Despite being with the Bucs since the 2015 season, the former 2014 UDFA only saw live action in ’17.

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Patriots Won’t Activate Malcolm Mitchell

The Patriots have decided against activating Malcolm Mitchell in advance of the Wednesday deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. That means that Mitchell will be out of action for the AFC championship game as well as the Super Bowl, should the Patriots make it. Malcolm Mitchell (vertical)

This was the expected outcome as Mitchell did not suit up for Wednesday morning’s practice. Ideally, the Patriots would have liked to have the 24-year-old on the field. As a rookie in 2016, Mitchell had 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns. This year, he was set to have a larger role in the offense before a nagging knee injury sidelined him in the preseason.

The Pats brought Mitchell back on the practice field in late December, giving them three weeks to decide whether to activate him. In theory, the Patriots could have put him on the 53-man roster and left him on the bench for the AFC title game, giving them the option of playing him in the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. Ultimately, they felt that they would rather preserve their depth elsewhere with a healthy player.

Heading into the big game against the Jaguars, the Patriots still have a solid cast of receivers including Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, Dwayne Allen, and Chris Hogan.

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NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/16/18

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:

Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints

Pittsburgh Steelers