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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. <table bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="4" width="400"> <tbody> <tr bgcolor="#0098d8"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #ffffff;" color="#ffffff">POS</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #ffffff;" color="#ffffff">PLAYER</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #ffffff;" color="#ffffff">EXP</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #ffffff;" color="#ffffff">COLLEGE</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">T</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Blaine Clausell</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Mississippi State</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">DT</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Eric Crume</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Syracuse</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">WR</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Keyarris Garrett</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Tulsa</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">CB</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Tyler Patmon</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">3</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Oklahoma State</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">RB</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Jalen Simmons</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">South Carolina State</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">TE</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Scott Simonson</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">3</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Assumption</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">T</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Pearce Slater</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">San Diego State</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#e5e5e5"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">T</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Tyrus Thompson</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Oklahoma</span></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">TE</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Eric Wallace</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">1</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">Seattle</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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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