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Bengals sign 9 players to futures contracts

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Kermit Whitfield highlights the list of players the Bengals have signed to futures contracts.

NFL: AUG 27 Preseason - Bengals at Redskins Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season is over. Now, the team will focus on filling out the 90-man offseason roster.

On Monday, the team announced that the following players had been signed to Reserve/Future contracts.

  • Linebacker Carl Bradford
  • Kicker Jonathan Brown
  • Linebacker Connor Harris
  • Offensive tackle Javarius Leamon
  • Offensive guard Oni Omoile
  • Tight end Scott Orndoff
  • Cornerback Sojourn Shelton
  • Safety Robenson Therezie
  • Wide receiver Kermit Whitfield

All nine players finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Bradford, a third-year player out of Arizona State, originally was a fourth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent regular-season time on 53-player rosters with both the Packers (2014-16) and San Francisco 49ers (2016), as well as some time on Chicago’s practice squad (2017). He has two career games played, both with the 49ers in 2016. He signed with the Bengals’ practice squad in December.

Brown, a first-year player out of the University of Louisville, originally joined the Bengals in May of 2016 as a college free agent. He suffered an injury in 2016 spring workouts, reverted to the team’s Reserve/Injured list after being waived-injured, and was released from that list in the team’s 2016 training camp. He then re-signed with Cincinnati in January of 2017 and spent last offseason with the Bengals. He was eventually released from the 90-man roster on July 30.

Harris, a rookie signed as a college free agent out of Lindenwood by the New York Jets this year, was waived during final cuts this past September. He later spent eight games on Tampa Bay’s practice squad this season before joining the Bengals’ practice squad. Harris actually had a draftable grade going into the 2017 NFL Draft.

Omoile, a first-year player out of Iowa State, entered the NFL in 2016 as a college free agent with the Oakland Raiders, where he spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad. He was waived by the Raiders during final cuts this season, and then spent time briefly on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad before signing to the Bengals’ practice squad.

Orndoff, a rookie from the University of Pittsburgh, originally signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a college free agent on May 1. The Steelers waived him on August 4, prior to their first preseason game. He then signed with the Detroit Lions on August 21 and played in the Lions’ final two preseason games, recording one reception for four yards. The Lions waived him during final cuts. He signed with the Bengals’ practice squad in November.

Shelton, a rookie out of Wisconsin, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals following the 2017 draft, and that’s where he stayed until final cuts. After being cut, he joined the Bengals’ practice squad.

Therezie, a third-year player, originally signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a college free agent out of Auburn in 2015. He spent his rookie season with Atlanta and his second season with both the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints before joining the Bengals’ practice squad this season.

Whitfield, a rookie out of Florida State, signed with the Chicago Bears as a college free agent last year. The Bears waived him on May 14 before he signed with the Bengals during training camp. He eventually was waived during final roster cuts before being signed to the practice squad.

These players will not count on the team’s active list until Feb. 5, the Monday after the Super Bowl.