Panthers sign nine to future contracts

Carolina has signed nine players to "future" contracts for the 2017 season. All nine players either ended the year on the practice squad or spent time on the Panthers' practice squad during the 2016 season.

TBlaine Clausell1Mississippi State
DTEric Crume1Syracuse
WRKeyarris Garrett1Tulsa
CBTyler Patmon3Oklahoma State
RBJalen Simmons1South Carolina State
TEScott Simonson3Assumption
TPearce Slater1San Diego State
TTyrus Thompson1Oklahoma
TEEric Wallace1Seattle

The contracts are referred to as "future" contracts because even though the players have signed, they do not officially become members of the roster until the beginning of the new league year on March 9.

Future contracts essentially allow teams to sign players for the upcoming season even though the new season has not begun yet. Only players who are not on an NFL team's 53-man active roster at the conclusion of the regular season are eligible for these contracts.

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