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Bears sign a 10th player to a reserve/future contract

The Chicago Bears have added a 10th player on a reserve/futures contract and he’s a former NCAA basketball player.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

December 30, 2019 - The Chicago Bears have announced that they have signed nine players to reserve/futures contracts and those players are as follows.

DB - Stephen Denmark

DB - Xavier Crawford

LB - James Vaughters

WR - Reggie Davis

WR - Thomas Ives

OL - Sam Mustipher

OL - Dino Boyd

TE - Dax Raymond

WR - Alex Wesley

Each of these nine players ended the 2019 season on the Bears practice squad, with the only practice squadder not added back on a reserve/future deal was quarterback Tyler Bray.

The Bears are allowed to have 90 men on their 2020 offseason roster once the league year starts, so it’s possible they make another move or two before free agency opens on March 18, 2020.

EDIT: January 6, 2020 - The Bears announced they have signed Darion Clark to a reserve/futures contract. Clark, a 6’7” former NCAA basketball player, played at Charlotte as a freshman during the 2012-13 season. He transferred to USC from 2014-2016, then played as a grad transfer for the 2016-17 season for Grand Canyon University. He averaged 5.5 points pr game and 5.3 rebounds per game during his 4 year basketball career.

He worked out as a tight end at USC’s pro day in 2018 for quarterback Sam Darnold and the Bears listed him as a tight end on their announcement.

A reserve/future contract prevents another team from signing these players even if the contract doesn’t officially kick in until the 2020 league year starts. All unsigned players are eligible for a reserve/future contract except those currently on a practice squad of a playoff team.