The Denver Broncos announced the signing of four players to reserve/future deals on Monday, including former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and return specialist Kyle Williams. The Broncos also signed cornerback Curtis Marsh, defensive end Chase Vaughn, and wide receiver Jeremy Kelley.
It’s likely just the tip of the iceberg as far as futures contracts go. The #Broncos will likely sign all 1o or at least a majority of the players on their practice squad. They have been developing within the offense and defense all year, so that only makes sense. With these four players signing, it makes roughly 14 assumed spots taken up by futures deals that the Broncos will accumulate toward their 90-man roster when the offseason gets going.
These players are not immediately part of the team, but will be officially part of it when the new league year begins in March.
As for what these guys bring to the table in terms of ability, all are intriguing for different reasons. Kyle Williams is probably the biggest name of the group, though Curtis Marsh was a big prospect at one point in time as well. Williams is maybe the most famous for his fumbles in the NFC Championship game a couple of years ago after which he received death threats on Twitter.
Williams was a capable fourth or fifth option for the Niners for a few years before suffering essentially three season-ending injuries, two knee surgeries among them. Williams recently escaped what has to have been a last resort option of playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, the last NFL team to have him on their roster. All kidding aside, this is a player with some serious speed and talent. If he comes back off of those injuries with the explosiveness he once displayed, he could compete for the fifth or sixth receiver spot next year along with quite a few other young players.
Curtis Marsh was cut from the Eagles three times after being drafted in the third round in 2011. He has plenty of experience for a young player, but the fact that he was unable to stick in Philly is pretty telling of where he’s at in his career. His shot with Denver could be his last chance, similar to what we saw from Jerome Murphy this past training camp.
Jeremy Kelley and Chase Vaughn are both intriguing players who have made a name for themselves playing in other professional leagues. Kelley was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013 and Vaughn by the Broncos this past year. Vaughn was injured in camp and the Broncos obviously liked what they saw in practices and kept tabs on him. Kelley is a huge target at receiver at 6-foot-6, nearly 230 pounds.
Expect more news on futures deals to come in this week as the regular season has come to a close.