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49ers signed 2 more players to reserve/future contracts this month

The 49ers have signed four players to these contracts since the end of the season.

Lost amidst the past month of GM and coaching chatter, the San Francisco 49ers made a few moves earlier this month to build out the 90-man roster. On January 19, we learned that wide receiver Rashad Ross and punter/kicker Nick Rose had signed reserve/future contracts with the team. It turns out two other players signed such contracts as well. Matt Maiocco reported that punter Brock Miller signed a deal, and the NFLPA salary database shows that offensive lineman Norman Price inked a deal.

Reserve/future contracts are simply place-holder contracts to get players into the offseason workout program and usually training camp as well. They are for players who were not on a 53-man roster at the end of the regular season, and I believe are not vested veterans. They generally go to practice squad players and players that were released the previous training camp and never signed with a new team.

A player might get some guaranteed money in this kind of deal, but it is not much if any. Some players will build from it and eventually earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Someone like Michael Wilhoite is a good example. But for the most part, they are usually going to be no more than training camp bodies.