The 2018 season concluded a mere two days ago, but we already have the first transactions to start filling in the back end of the San Francisco 49ers 90-man offseason roster. The team signed six players to reserve/future contracts on Monday. An announcement will come later this month, but the NFL’s official transaction wire listed the signings for Monday.
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:
OT Christian DiLauro
TE Marcus Lucas
CB Tarvarus McFadden
WR Jordan Smallwood
OG Najee Toran
S Terrell Williams
Here is a rundown of the players signed including any NFL experience, and their respective college experience.
OT Christian DiLauro: DiLauro (6-6, 300) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2018. He was waived by the team on September 1 and signed to the team’s practice squad the following day. He was released by Cleveland on September 4. A 24-year-old native of Uniontown, OH, DiLauro attended the University of Illinois (2013-17) where he appeared in 48 games (36 starts) along the offensive line.
TE Marcus Lucas: Lucas (6-4, 250) was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent on May 16, 2014. Throughout his career, he has spent time on the practice squads with the Panthers (2014-15 & 2016), Miami Dolphins (2015), Chicago Bears (2015), Seattle Seahawks (2016), Indianapolis Colts (2017) and Oakland Raiders (2017). In 2018, he signed with the Detroit Lions on August 31 and was waived by the team on September 2. Lucas was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad the following day and was later waived by Seattle on October 9. A 26-year-old native of Liberty, MO, Lucas attended the University of Missouri where he appeared in 49 games (23 starts) and finished with 130 receptions for 1,638 yards and 11 touchdowns.
CB Tarvarus McFadden: McFadden (6-2, 205) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 1, 2018. He was waived by San Francisco on September 1, 2018, signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on September 11 and waived from the team on September 25. A 21-year-old native of Plantation, FL, McFadden played collegiately at Florida State University where he appeared in 33 games (26 starts) and recorded 54 tackles, 16 passes defensed, eight interceptions and three tackles for loss during his three seasons with the Seminoles. As a junior in 2017, he started all 13 games and registered 30 tackles and 10 passes defensed and earned Second-Team All-ACC honors.
WR Jordan Smallwood: Smallwood (6-2, 225) originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 8, 2018. He was waived by the Chiefs on May 16, later re-signed with the team on May 30 and was waived on September 1. A 23-year-old native of Jenks, OK, Smallwood attended the University of Oklahoma. In five years with the Sooners (2013-17), he played in 47 games (two starts) and tallied 18 receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown. As a senior in 2017, he appeared in 14 games (one start) and finished with 10 receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown and earned the team’s Don Key Award, the highest honor an OU football player can receive while playing for the Sooners, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the superior qualities of Key, both on the field and in the classroom.
OG Najee Toran: Toran (6-2, 305) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 1, 2018. He was released from the team on September 1 and was signed to the team’s practice squad the following day. He was promoted to the active roster on September 12, 2018 from the team’s practice squad and did not see action in his three games with the team prior to his release on October 6. He was re-signed to the practice squad after his release. In college, he played in 31 games (24 starts) in four years at UCLA. In 2017, started all 13 games and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors. As a junior, played in 11 games (10 starts). In 2015, played in 6 games and saw action as a reserve along defensive line, offensive line and on special teams. As a freshman, started in the season opener and it marked the third consecutive season that a true freshman started the season along the offensive line. Attended North Shore (Houston, TX) HS and helped his team to a 12-1 record as a senior. Born 11/15/95 in Houston, TX.
S Terrell Williams: Williams Jr. (6-4, 212) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Houston on April 30, 2018. He was placed on injured reserve on August 17th. In college, he played in 25 games (17 starts) in two seasons with Houston and registered 95 tackles, 4 INTs, 1 FR and 7 PDs. In 2017, started all 12 games and notched 66 tackles, 4 INTs, 1 FR and 7 PDS. As a junior, played in all 13 games (5 starts) and tallied 29 tackles. Attended Northeast Oklahoma A&M for two seasons (2014-15). In 2015, earned First-Team All-SWJCFC honors as he recorded 51 tackles, 2 INTs and 4 PDs. As a freshman, registered 24 tackles, 1 INT and 2 PDs. Attended Lawton (OK) HS and had 56 tackles and 5 INTs as a senior. Born 6/29/96 in Lawton, OK.