As is customary at the end of the season, the Bills announced Monday that they had signed six players to future contracts. The future designation allows the Bills to add these players for the upcoming season without having them take up space on the roster during the remainder of the league year.
Long snapper Reid Ferguson is the most familiar name on the list, as someone who spent a lot of time with the Bills last offseason. The Bills are currently using 31-year-old Garrison Sanborn as their long snapper, but they might give another look to the rookie next year.
Outside linebacker Max Valles is a plus-athlete who spent 2016 on Buffalo’s practice squad. Only 22 years old, he will be entering his third NFL season next year.
Charles Gaines is a cornerback fom Missouri who spent some of this season on the practice squad. He started four games for the Cleveland Browns last year.
Joe Powell joined the Bills after starting his career in arena football and spending a little bit of time with the New York Giants. The safety stands 6’2” and 205 pounds.
Cedric O’Neal came to the Bills practice squad near the end of this season. He was an undrafted rookie running back from Valdosta State this year.
Buffalo also added one external player to their list of signings. Former Liberty quarterback Josh Woodrum joins the team from the Chicago Bears. He was considered a “sleeper” project pick in last year’s draft, and is the all-time passing leader for Liberty University.