Saints add wide receiver Kyle Prater on reserve/future contract
Per his agent, the New Orleans Saints are adding wide receiver Kyle Prater to the 2016 roster on a reserve/future contract.
The move was announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
Kyle Prater, who turns 24 in June, was a 2015 undrafted rookie free agent out of Northwestern University. He latched on with the Saints in May, but was later released in mid-August. Prater has excellent size at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. He led the Wildcats with 51 receptions and 535 yards as a senior in 2014, ranking seventh in the Big Ten with 4.6 receptions per game.
The Saints have been busy with reserve/future contracts, as Prater becomes the eleventh player (and fourth wide receiver) added to the team on this type of contract.
For a refresher on how these work, it’s simple. A player signs a deal for the upcoming season with a team, in this case the 2016 year. Most of these players sign with the team without signing bonuses, agreeing on minimum salaries with their respective team. The deals are typically based on the years of experience in the league, and players signed under this deal were not a part of any active roster at the end of the season for any franchise.
In addition to Prater, the Saints have signed R.J. Harris, Phillip Hunt, Shane Wynn, Brandon Dixon, Alden Darby, Bryan Witzmann, Cyril Lemon, Chris Manhertz, Ashaad Mabry, and Reggie Bell to reserve/future contracts.
Prater played in 6 snaps during the preseason, and was making some strong plays in training camp.