KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nine of 10 members from the 2015 practice squad when the season ended are under contract for 2016.
The Chiefs signed wide receiver Da’Ron Brown, offensive tackle Reid Fragel and running back Darrin Reaves to reserve/future contracts, according to Monday’s NFL Transaction report.
The signing of wide receiver Fred Williams, offensive lineman Laurence Gibson, tight end Ross Travis, defensive lineman Jimmy Staten, linebacker Tyrell Adams and offensive lineman Michael Liedtke were previously reported by ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal.
So far, linebacker Orie Lemon is the lone player from the practice squad when the season ended to not sign a reserve/future deal with the Chiefs.
The 6-0, 199-pound Brown entered the league out of Northern Illinois as a seventh-round draft pick of the Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent training camp with the Chiefs before being waived on Sept. 5, and then joined the practice squad after clearing waivers.
Fragel, who measures 6-8, 308 pounds, originally joined the Chiefs practice squad on Dec. 2, 2015. He entered the league in 2013 out of Ohio State as a seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, and spent time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad.
The 5-10, 215-pound Reaves, who spent the 2014 season with the Caroline Panthers, was with the Chiefs in training camp and preseason last year. He finished second on the team in rushing during the preseason with 106 yards rushing and a touchdown on 30 carries, adding 47 yards receiving and a touchdown on nine catches. The Chiefs waived Reaves on Sept. 5 as part of the team’s roster cuts to reach the initial 53-man roster before bringing him back to the practice squad on Oct. 13.
With Monday’s transactions, the Chiefs currently have 17 players signed to reserve/future contracts.
The Chiefs previously signed wide receiver Kenny Cook, defensive end Dominique Davis, linebacker Cameron Gordon, defensive back Jordan Kovacs, fullback Trey Millard, defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu, defensive back Keith Lewis and defensive back Deveron Carr.
The Chiefs are allowed to sign free agents to a reserve/future contract as long as that player was not on the active roster when the season ended.
Teams sign players to reserve/future deals with a view to the upcoming season when the league’s calendar year begins on March 9.