Joe Douglas and the New York Jets have signed nine players to reserve/future contracts heading into the 2021 offseason.
The New York Jets signed nine players to reserve/future contracts on Monday. On a day Christopher Johnson spoke to the media regarding the team’s future at head coach and possibly quarterback, Joe Douglas did some work.
Kicker Sam Ficken, tight end Connor Davis, running back Pete Guerriero, quarterback Mike White, wide receiver Josh Malone, defensive back Zane Lewis, linebacker Noah Dawkins, wide receiver D.J. Montgomery and wide receiver Jaleel Scott are those nine players.
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A reserve/future contract basically assures a player’s right to the organization. No other NFL team can now sign these nine players. It’ll go into effect once the new league year begins.
While no other team can now sign any of these nine players, there’s a catch. The players’ salaries will count towards the 2021 salary cap and each player will count towards the 9-man roster max during offseason activities and training camp.
Ficken, 28, is the biggest name of the bunch. He was cut last week leading up to the season finale in New England. Chase McLaughlin kicked for New York against the Pats, connecting on both extra-point attempts.
In 21 games over two seasons with the Jets, Ficken connected on 32 of 42 field-goal attempts and 35 of 41 extra-point attempts.
Other familiar names include Guerriero and White. Guerriero was signed earlier in the season when a need opened up at running back. He’s a Lyndhurst, NJ native who starred at Monmouth.
White impressed many onlookers back in August when given reps in camp. He and undrafted rookie Lawrence Cager connected a bunch of times, especially in the corner of the end zone.
Douglas is expected to speak to the media Tuesday afternoon.