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Chiefs sign 4 free agents to Reserve/Future contracts

Kansas City gets a small head start on the offseason.

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According to Wednesday’s NFL transactions report, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed four free agents to Reserve/Future contracts for 2024: quarterback Ian Book, wide receiver Jacob Copeland, running back Hassan Hall and pass rusher Jordan Smith.

A Reserve/Future contract offers a non-guaranteed minimum salary that takes effect at the start of the new league year in March. These players are not eligible for the postseason — and whether they will remain with the team until training camp will be dependent on Kansas City’s other roster moves. At the season’s conclusion, the Chiefs will likely sign most of their practice squad to Reserve/Future contracts.

The New Orleans Saints selected Book out of Notre Dame in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. He started one game during his rookie season as the team navigated the COVID pandemic, passing for 135 yards with two interceptions. The Saints waived Book before the 2022 season, only to see the Philadelphia Eagles claim him on waivers. In 2023, Book had a short stint on the New England Patriots’ practice squad.

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Smith — also a 2021 fourth-round selection — was drafted 121st overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Alabama-Birmingham product only appeared in a pair of games during his rookie year before missing all of 2022 with a knee injury. Smith’s defensive coordinator during his first year in Jacksonville was Kansas City’s defensive line coach Joe Cullen.

Former Maryland wide receiver Copeland and Georgia Tech running back Hall entered the league as undrafted free agents this season with the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns respectively. Both players have been on and off multiple practice squads this season after failing to make their initial squads.

While with the Browns, Hall gained three yards on three rushing attempts against the Chiefs when the teams met in this year’s preseason finale.

Because the Chiefs do not yet have 51 players signed for next season, 2024 minimum salaries for these players will (at least temporarily) count against Kansas City’s 2024 salary cap. Book and Smith — with two accrued seasons each — will be listed at a minimum salary of $985,000. Because Copeland and Hall have no NFL game experience, their minimum salaries will be $795,000.

These four signings should reduce estimates of the team’s 2024 salary cap space by $3.6 million.

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