Denver Broncos Sign DL Shelby Harris to Reserve/Futures Contract

Harris was most recently a member of the Cowboys practice squad.

Since the Denver Broncos ended their season rather prematurely this year, there's been very little roster news as the NFL's tournament of 12 is thinned out to just the two remaining teams that will play in a week and a half. For the other 30 NFL franchises, it's time to build and start preparing for a long offseason and piecing together a preliminary roster suitable for taking into training camp. There's a lot more names to be added onto that roster from now until then, and that begins with signing players to future contracts, which are added to the official roster on March 9.

The Broncos have gotten that ball rolling now, signing defensive lineman Shelby Harris to a reserve/future contract.

Harris, 25, was most recently a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, but broke into the league with the Oakland Raiders in 2014, working his from a seventh-round Illinois State Redbird on the practice squad to a member of the active roster by the last week of the regular season. He ended up playing eight games, amassing 14 tackles and a sack.

Harris joins 12 other players to agree to future contracts with the Broncos, including former Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce and Clemson alum, running back Zac Brooks.

It might sound easy to sleep on these guys and write them off as cast-offs and rejects, but every once in a while one of them will rise up and become a significant member of the team. One such example is former offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, who signed a future contract in January of 2011 before eventually becoming the starting center for one of the best offenses in NFL history in 2013.

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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