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Bears sign Khalid Kareem and Doug Kramer Jr. to Reserve/Future Contracts

The Bears have added two more players to their offseason roster.

NFL: AUG 19 Preseason - Bears at Colts Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Chicago Bears added two more players to reserve/future contracts when they signed center Doug Kramer Jr. and defensive end Khalid Kareem.

The Bears originally drafted Kramer in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and he's been up and down between their 53-man roster and practice squad a few times. He also was on the Cardinals' roster for a couple of weeks in 2023.

Kareem, a former fifth-round pick of the Bengals in 2020, was claimed off waivers by the Bears before the 2023 season after being waived by the Colts. He appeared in one game last season for the Bears, spent some time on injured reserve, and their practice squad.

Here's the full list of players the Bears have signed to reserve/futures deals so far.

Nsimba Webster, WR

Stephen Carlson, TE

Aviante Collins, OL

Roy Mbaeteka, OL

Bill Murray, OL

Jerome Carvin, OL

Doug Kramer Jr., C

Micah Baskerville, LB

Adrian Colbert, S

Douglas Coleman, DB

Michael Dwumfour, DL

Daniel Hardy, DL

Khalid Kareem, DE

Corliss Waitman, P

Cameron Lyons, LS

As a reminder, our sister site, Behind the Steel Curtain, explained what these types of contracts mean in a series they ran last year.

Whether a player is on the practice squad of a team whose season is over or simply a free agent, they are free to sign with any NFL team for the following year. But since rosters are locked when a team season is over, these players signed a type of contract, a Reserve/Future contract, where they do not count on the team’s salary cap or roster count until the beginning of the league year. Once a player signs one of these contracts, they are on the NFL’s Reserve/Future List and they are not free to negotiate with other teams as they are under contract even though the league year has not kicked in. Teams can sign as many players to futures contracts as they choose as long as it does not put them over the 90-man limit that takes effect the first day of the new league year.