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49ers sign 9 players to reserve/future contracts

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The 49ers have begun their offseason transactions.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have announced their first transactions of the 2018 offseason. The team signed nine players to reserve/future contracts. These contracts usually do not include any guaranteed money, but instead are placeholder contracts for the offseason workout program and training camp. Reserve/future contracts are used for players who were not on a 53-man roster at the end of the previous season, and primarily are used on recent practice squad players.

The players signed include the following:

WR DeAndre Carter
FB Malcolm Johnson
OL Andrew Lauderdale
LB Boseko Lokombo
QB Nick Mullens
OT Pace Murphy
DB Trovon Reed
CB Channing Stribling
TE Cole Wick

All but Johnson were members of the 49ers practice squad. From the practice squad, only offensive lineman Cameron Hunt and wide receiver DeAndre Smelter have not signed reserve/future contracts. They still could, but for now are free agents who can sign with anybody.

Malcolm Johnson was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In two seasons with the Browns, he appeared in 19 games (six starts) and registered nine receptions for 59 yards (6.6 average). The Browns waived him on October 24, 2016 and he signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on November 23, 2016. He finished out the season with Seattle. He signed a reserve/future contract with Seattle last January, but was placed on injured reserve on May 12, and waived/injured on June 20.