A day after their season ended, the Ravens made a handful of minor roster moves, agreeing to reserve/future contracts with seven players.
Those seven are: running back Damien Berry, wide receiver Rodney Bradley, tight end Davon Drew, defensive tackle Bryan Hall, wide receiver/return specialist Philip Livas, center Cecil Newton and wide receiver Patrick Williams.
Drew has the most experience with the Ravens. The 2009 fifth-round pick will have his final shot to make the 53-man roster next season. He’s used up all his practice squad chances.
Berry, Bradley and Hall were signed by the Ravens as undrafted free agents this season. Livas, a 5-foot-8 speedster, came on late in the season. He spent camp with the Dolphins.
Newton, the older brother of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, saw time with the Jaguars, Saints and Packers before joining the Ravens in late November.
Williams originally signed as a rookie free agent with Green Bay in 2009, and saw time on the Packers’ and Seahawks’ rosters prior to signing on to the Ravens’ developmental roster in December.
Basically, to answer any questions before they come in, reserve/future deals can be reached with players who have two or fewer years of accrued service.
All seven guys listed above either ended the season on the Ravens’ practice squad or were on it at some point this season before going on injured reserve.
Practice squad contracts expire at the end of the season, and so the Ravens struck reserve/future deals with these guys to retain their rights. The contracts don’t necessarily mean that these players will be with the team in training camp, but they are currently under team control and will be able to work out at the Ravens’ facilities during the offseason.