The Chicago Bears are starting to build their offseason roster, and the reserve/futures deals are the first step in that process. Only players that did not end 2017 on an active roster are eligible for these contracts.
On Monday, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs reported that the Bears signed wide receiver Tanner Gentry, tight end Colin Thompson, and offensive lineman Will Pericak to reserve/futures contracts. All three of these players ended the 2017 season on the Bears’ practice squad.
Gentry was a popular player at training camp, and he bounced back and forth between the active roster and the practice squad a few times in 2017.
Thompson (6’4”, 255) is a blocking tight end from temple that also spent time with the Giants last year.
Pericak (6’3”, 300) has been with seven teams since 2013. He started his career as a defensive lineman and was converted to the o-line by the Seahawks in 2015.
EDIT: The Score’s Chris Emma is reporting that they’ve also signed offensive lineman Travis Averill, wide outs Demarcus Ayers and Mekale McKay, and cornerback Doran Grant.
All these players ended the 2017 season of the Bears practice squad as well.
EDIT: The Bears make these seven official.
Roster Update: We have signed the following Reserve/Futures players: pic.twitter.com/qHtVwpwJsr— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 1, 2018
When the Bears add more on the reserve/futures deals we’ll update this tracker.