Seahawks sign 11 practice-squad players to future contracts

The Seahawks began stocking their offseason roster on Wednesday by signing 11 players who spent time on the practice squad during the 2014 season to future contracts, including former draft choice Jimmy Staten.

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The first official sign that the offseason has begun is the signing of players to future contracts, and the Seahawks have retained 11 who spent time on the practice squad during the just-completed 2014 season.

Included in the group that was signed on Wednesday is defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, who was a fifth-round draft choice last year. The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Staten was released on the roster cut to 53 players on Aug. 30 and signed to the practice squad the next day. He was released on Dec. 23 and re-signed on Jan. 6.

Also signed to future contracts:

TE RaShaun Allen
S Dion Bailey
RB Demitrius Bronson
OG Nate Isles
WR Douglas McNeil
OG Drew Nowak
OT Justin Renfrow
DE Ryan Robinson
DE Julius Warmsley
LB Mike Zimmer

Past players signed to future contracts include cornerback Brandon Browner and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan (2011); and fullback Derrick Coleman and tight end Cooper Helfet (2013).

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