Less than two days after the conclusion of the regular season, Arizona Cardinals' management is already gearing up for the 2017 season.
On Tuesday, the team announced the signings of seven players to futures contracts, which are contracts for the upcoming season at the league's minimum salary.
All seven players the Cardinals signed to futures contracts were members of Arizona's practice squad this season, including wide receiver Chris Hubert who spent part of the regular season on Arizona's active roster.
The full list of players Arizona signed is as follows: Hubert, linebacker Cap Capi, wide receiver Marvin Hall, guard Kaleb Johnson, center/guard Daniel Munyer, running back Elijhaa Penny and cornerback Ronald Zamort.
Hubert, Penny and Zamort all spent the preseason in Cardinals' training camp, as all three players were signed as undrafted free agents following the 2016 NFL Draft.
Hubert played collegiately at Fayetteville State and was one of the pleasant surprises of Cardinals' training camp, catching five preseason passes for 96 yards before being released prior to the regular season.
Penny, an Idaho product, nearly carved out a regular season roster spot in the team's final preseason game, as he posted a 100-yard rushing outing against the Oakland Raiders in a contest that likely secured his place on the team's practice squad.
Zamort spent part of the regular season on Arizona's practice squad after an impressive preseason in which he worked his way into practice opportunities with the second and third team defenses thanks to strong play and a handful of injuries at the cornerback position.
All seven of the players Arizona signed to futures contracts figure to compete for a roster spot during training camp this August, and will have the opportunity to participate in offseason training activities with the Cardinals this spring.