The regular season is over for the Baltimore Ravens and the rest of the NFL, but that doesn't mean the action has stopped. The organization has signed seven players to reserve/futures contracts according to Ryan Mink, keeping them for another year.
What is a reserve/futures contract you ask?
At it's most simple, it is a contract for players that were not on the team's active roster by the end of the regular season. Teams are able to sign these players to a reserve/futures contract for the following season despite it not being the official start of the league's new year. It keeps players that the team would like to develop with a team so that franchise is assured to have them the following season, all while giving the player a little financial security for doing so.
The Ravens had previously signed wide receiver Kamar Aiken to a reserve/futures contract in 2013, giving them extra time to develop him as a player. As we saw this season, it paid off for Baltimore with Aiken catching 75 passes for 944 yards and five touchdowns. While not the norm, it shows just how powerful these types of deals can be and just what the Ravens think about the players they do sign.
The seven players under this contract are able to train with the team during the offseason as a part of the deal, giving them access to the facilities and coaches like all other contracted players.
LB Brennen Beyer
G Leon Brown
DE Nordly Capi
T Blaine Clausell
WR Chuck Jacobs
DB Nick Perry
TE Harold Spears
None of these players made any impact on the team during the regular season with some of them spending a majority of the time on the practice squad, but as mentioned above, it does open them to additional development and shows that the Ravens like the potential they have.
Hopefully a few of them turn into solid contributors or even stars on the team in the coming years.