GM Mike Tannenbaum recently announced that nine players were signed to future contracts --- FS Brannon Condren, WR Britt Davis, FB Jason Davis, T Dan Gay, WR Marcus Henry, DT Matt Kroul, C Michael Parenton, LS Tanner Purdum and DT Ty Steinkuhler.
Here is some background information regarding each player:
(all courtesy of NYJets.Com)
Condren (6'1", 205/Troy/Fort Walton Beach, FL) was signed to the Jets practice squad on Dec. 24. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft (131st overall). Since then, he has spent time on the Rams and Dolphins active roster and was on the Bengals practice squad before he was released on Dec. 8. In 12 NFL games, he registered eight tackles.
Britt Davis (6'3", 205/Northern Illinois/Melrose Park, IL) originally signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent on May 1, was waived on Sept. 5, then was signed to the Jets practice squad on Nov. 17. During the 2009 preseason, Davis had five receptions for 54 yards. He finished his NIU career fifth all-time with 146 receptions and totaled 1,676 receiving yards, 2,063 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns.
Jason Davis (5'10", 242/Illinois/St. Louis, MO) originally joined the Jets on Sept. 6 after being claimed off waivers from Chicago. He was released by the Jets on Sept. 8, and signed to the team’s practice squad on Sept. 10. He split time in 2008 between Chicago and Oakland, playing in six games with three starts. He caught one pass for 12 yards and had one carry for no gain for the Bears. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2006, and spent that season on injured reserve and 2007 on the Eagles practice squad before he was waived after training camp in 2008.
Gay (6'4", 303/Baylor/Lafayette, LA) was signed to the Jets practice squad on Dec. 16. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by San Diego on May 1 before being waived on Aug. 31. He started 34 games on the offensive line at Baylor, where he helped the Bears rush for 2,349 yards and 29 touchdowns in his senior season.
Henry (6'4", 212/Kansas/Lawton, OK) was selected in the sixth round (171st overall) by the Jets in the 2008 NFL Draft and spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons on the practice squad. Henry finished his career at Kansas with 104 catches for 1,598 receiving yards (15.4 yards per reception) and 13 touchdowns in 46 games with 29 starts.
Kroul (6'3", 280/Iowa/Mount Vernon, IA) signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent on May 1, was waived on Sept. 5. and was signed to the Jets practice squad on Sept. 7. He started a record 50 games at Iowa, producing 238 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and one interception.
Parenton (6'2", 287/Tulane/Thibodaux, LA), signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent on May 1, was waived on Sept. 5, and was signed to the Jets practice squad on Dec. 10. He started 46 games for Tulane, spending his senior season at center after playing left guard as a junior, center as a sophomore and right guard as a freshman.
Purdum (6'3", 270/Baker/Enid, OK) originally signed with Kansas City as a rookie free agent April 7 and was waived on Aug. 13. Prior to signing with the Chiefs, he served as a graduate assistant coach with Baker in 2008 and Avila in 2007. He played in 35 games with Baker and was a three-time winner of the NAIA Champion of Character award.
Steinkuhler (6'3", 280/Nebraska/Lincoln, NE), originally signed with the Jets as a rookie free agent on May 1, was waived on Sept. 5, and was signed to the Jets practice squad on Dec. 21. A 2008 All-Big 12 Coaches' Choice honorable mention at Nebraska, he recorded 88 tackles, three sacks and 17 tackles for loss in his collegiate career.