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Bengals sign RB to Futures contract

The Bengals signed running back James Wilder Jr. to a Reserve/Future contract today.

Wilder signed with the team as an undrafted free agent last spring and spent the 2014 season on the practice squad. He's a a 6-foot-3, 232-pounder from Florida State and the son of former NFL running back James Wilder, who played nine of his 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wilder is the eighth player signed to a Futures contract, joining linebacker L.J. Fort, tackle Dan France, defensive tackle Kwame Geathers, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, tight end Jake Murphy and wide receivers Tevin Reese and Eric Ward, each of whom signed Jan. 5.

All eight players will be activated to the offseason roster on Feb. 2, the day after the Super Bowl.


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