The reserve / future contract is a way for teams to acquire young talent to take a closer look at during training camp. The odds on these mostly practice squad and undrafted players making a final 53 man roster is slim, but you never can tell. One of these reserve / future players just might turn out to be the next Tress Way, Corey Fuller or Lance Louis.
Former Bear and current Redskin Way ended up being one of the better punters in the NFL, wide out Fuller stuck on Detroit's roster for all of 2014 and former Bear Louis rehabbed his way from his reserve / future contract with the Colts into 7 starts in 2014.
Here are the six reserve / future players the Bears signed.
Conor Boffeli, G, Iowa - 6' 4", 304
Jonathan Brown, LB, Illinois - 6'1, 230
Rashad Lawrence, WR, Northwestern - 6' 1", 190
Jacob Maxwell, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette - 6'4", 240
Jason Weaver, T, Southern Mississippi - 6'5", 305
Jamil Merrell, DE, Rutgers - 6'4", 252
Do any of these guys catch your eye?