On Tuesday, the Rams announced the signing of six free agents to reserve/future contracts. These deals are limited to players who were not on an active roster at the conclusion of the previous season. All six signees ended the 2015 season on the Rams’ practice squad.
In 2011, Arkin was a fourth round pick by the Cowboys out of Missouri State University. The offensive guard had brief stints in Miami, Seattle, and Indianapolis. The Rams first signed him to their practice squad on Nov. 17, 2015.
The wide receiver’s NFL career began in 2015 after completing his junior and senior years at the University of Maryland. He went undrafted and signed with the Tennessee Titans in May of 2015. The wide receiver then signed with the Dolphins in September before ending the season on the Rams’ practice squad.
The Rams originally signed Cunningham in 2013. He spent most of 2015 on the practice squad, but was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 15 for a brief stint. Head coach Jeff Fisher praised the tight end’s ability to play multiple roles on the team.
“He’s a four special teams core player, five actually with field goal protection,” Fisher said. “He knows the offense, and he can play on the line and play the fullback position.”
This is the second time in his career the Rams have signed Cunningham to a reserve/future contract.
The Rams signed Laskey as an undrafted free agent in May of 2015. The rookie out of Georgia Tech was named to the 2014 All-ACC Second Team his senior season. He spent the 2015 season on the Rams’ practice squad.
Hodges came out of Harvard University in 2014 as the Ivy League’s only two-time Defensive Player of the year in history. The Colts originally signed him in the spring of 2015. After his release from Indianapolis, the Rams signed Hodges to their practice squad in October.
The Patriots drafted Wells in the sixth round in last year’s draft. The former Mississippi State linebacker was then traded to Chicago in August. He was released and before the Rams signed him in November.