Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
The Cincinnati Bengals are building their offseason roster, moving most of their practice squad players to reserve/futures contracts.
The Cincinnati Bengals announced a handful of expected roster moves on Monday. Every year after the Super Bowl teams begin developing an offseason roster, which was greatly expanded last year to include a 90-man roster maximum, including active, inactive, practice-squad exempt, reserve-list players, as well as all unsigned draft picks and franchise free agents. Only the top 51 (in terms of salary) of those players count against the salary cap.
Cincinnati began signing players last week with the addition of wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei. On Monday signed six players off the practice squad to futures contracts, which keeps them on the roster during the offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals announced. Those players are:
- TE/LS Bryce Davis (Central Oklahoma)
- DE DeQuin Evans (Kentucky)
- WR Justin Hilton (Indiana State)
- OT Dan Knapp (Arizona State)
- QB Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State)
- LB J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati)
All seven players, including Tuinei, won't count against the active roster until February 4 (the Monday after the Super Bowl). Everyone added together, that gives the Bengals 76 players on their roster.
It's worth noting that the two players that didn't transfer from the practice squad were offensive lineman Otis Hudson and wide receiver Vidal Hazelton, but that could have something to do with procedure and league rules (aka, experience length in the NFL).