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Cowboys sign 8 to reserve/futures contracts

The season came crashing down around the Cowboys’ ears on Sunday, but the business of running a football team goes on. To that end, even as most players took part in exit interviews and cleaned out their lockers at The Star, the Cowboys front office signed eight members of the practice squad on Monday to reserve/futures contracts.

Dallas’s practice squad was- as is standard- dissolved at the conclusion of their season, with all players technically becoming free agents. But these players on reserve/futures contracts are now locked in with the club for the start of the 2024 NFL league year, which will begin March 13. They cannot negotiate with another team in the offseason, but they also do not count against the Cowboys’ roster limit or salary cap until March.

Here’s a look at who the Cowboys retained with reserve/futures contracts.

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OT Earl Bostick Jr.

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Aiden Droge/Kansas Athletics

Bostick is an undrafted free agent out of Kansas who spent his rookie season on the Cowboys’ practice squad and was not elevated for a game-day roster.

CB Josh Butler

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Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Butler came to the Cowboys during the 2023 preseason after playing for the Michigan Panthers of the USFL. He was signed to the practice squad prior to the start of the regular season and was not elevated to a game-day roster.

WR Jalen Cropper

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Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Cropper went undrafted out of Fresno State but found his way to Cowboys training camp and ended up on the practice squad after an encouraging summer. He did not make it onto a game-day roster in 2023.

TE Princeton Fant

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Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The former Volunteer signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in May. The cousin of Seahawks tight end Noah Fant, he was elevated from the practice squad for two games and saw action on 30 special teams snaps in the Week 13 and 14 wins.

LB Buddy Johnson

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Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Johnson is a Dallas native who played his college ball at Texas A&M. A fourth-round draft pick in 2021, he lasted just one season with Pittsburgh. Signed by the Cowboys in October, he got into the team’s final two regular-season contests and the wild-card loss, playing mostly on special teams.

DE Durrell Johnson

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Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Johnson led the entire FBS in tackles for loss while playing for Liberty in 2022. The defensive end will look to continue his development after a season spent on the Cowboys practice squad with no game-day elevations in 2023.

WR Racey McMath

DB Sheldrick Redwine

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Redwine was originally a fourth-round draft pick of Cleveland in 2019. Signed to the Cowboys practice squad last January, he returned there after roster cutdowns in August. He saw a handful of snaps on both defense and special teams against Washington on Thanksgiving Day and was active but did not play versus Green Bay in the playoffs.

Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire