The Miami Dolphins signed eight players to futures contracts on Wednesday, starting to build their roster from the 53-man active in-season roster limit to the 2016 offseason's 90-man limit. Futures contracts are deals signed between a player and a team that do no officially begin until the next calendar year. They are allowed to be signed with players who are not on a team's roster when the season ends, typically meaning fringe players who were either on a practice squad or were free agents when the season ended.
The Dolphins announced the signing of running back Jahwan Edwards, wide receiver Robert Herron, linebacker Terrell Manning, guard Vinston Painter, guard Anthony Steen, cornerback Dax Swanson, defensive end Julius Warmsley and defensive end Jordan Williams.
Edwards (running back) was signed in 2015 as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers out of Ball State. He also spent time with the practice squads for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons during the season, and ended the year on the Dolphins' practice squad. At Ball State, he rean for 4,558 yards with 51 total touchdowns, both school records.
Hernon (wide receiver) was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth-round of the 2014 Draft out of Wyoming. He played eight games as a rookie, catching six passes for 58 yards with one score. He joined the Dolphins practice squad in Week 5 of the season this year, spending the final 12 weeks of the year there. At Wyoming, Herron recorded 152 receptions for 2,030 yards with 20 touchdowns in 42 games played.
Manning (linebacker) entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 2012. After five regular season and two postseason appearances in his rookie year, Manning moved to the San Diego Chargers in 2013, making one appearance. He spend the 2014 season split between the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, and Dolphins practice squad. Manning then had two stints on the Dolphins practice squad in 2015.
Painter (guard) joined the Denver Broncos in 2013 as a sixth round draft pick out of Virginia Tech. As a member of the Cleveland Browns in 2014, he played three games. He signed to the Dolphins practice squad a month into the 2015 season.
Steen (guard) was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 by the Arizona Cardinals. A three-time National Champion with Alabama, Steen bounced on-and-off the Cardinals' practice squad before joining the Dolphins' practice squad just before Thanksgiving this year.
Swanson (cornerback) was an undrafted free agent addition in 2013 by the Indianapolis Colts. Before joining the Dolphins' practice squad just prior to the end of the 2015 season, Swanson, Sam Houston State's all-time interception leader with 14, spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Giants, in addition to the Colts, organizations.
Warmsley (defensive end) was an undrafted free agent signing by the Houston Texans in 2014. He then moved to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad later that year, and returned to the Seahawks at the start of 2015 before moving to Miami's practice squad at the end of the 2015 season. He recorded 102 career tackles with 30.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two blocked kicks in four years at Tulane.
Williams (defensive end) joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the New York Jets this past year out of Tennessee. He spent most of the 2015 season with the Dolphins' practice squad before being activated for the team's game against the Baltimore Ravens, making his NFL debut. He was then waived by Miami and signed back to the practice squad.