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October 9, 2019

Lions Sign Four Players to ‘Futures’ Contracts

While the Lions continue their last-season surge for a playoff spot, the club is also in the midst of building the 2020 version of the BC Lions and signed four players to ‘futures’ contracts on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Charles Baldwin (Youngstown State), linebacker Jordan Burton (Oklahoma State), defensive back Montre Gregory (Bowling Green) and defensive lineman Stephen Bowers (Peru State College) all put pen to paper this week.

Players who sign a futures contract are not part of the team’s current roster and will be officially added after the 2019 season comes to an end and rosters expand once again. It does allow the club to make room on its ever-changing negotiation list however and continues the never-ending process of building for next year.

Full bios for these players will also appear on the roster page of in the weeks to come but here’s some early info on each of the four new additions.

Baldwin (6’5”, 305) hails from Connecticut and was a standout juco player at ASA College in New York before planning on a transfer to Alabama in 2016. While he participated in spring practice sessions with the Crimson Tide he later moved to Kansas and on to Youngstown State where he wrapped up his collegiate days in 2018 appearing in 10 games at tackle.

Burton (6’2”, 215) attended Oklahoma State for two years (2015-16) after transferring from Kilgore College in Texas. The former safety who moved to outside linebacker with the Cowboys piled-up 103 solo stops and 10 tackles for a loss to go along with three interceptions and three sacks over 25 appearances. The Texas native’s lofty numbers as a junior in 2015 earned him an All-Big 12 selection.

Gregory (6’2”, 195) enjoyed a productive three-year stay at Bowling Green seeing action at corner, half and safety over his 32-game career. The Baltimore, Maryland product finished with 56 tackles, one sack and an interception. Following his college playing days in 2018 he was an undrafted free agent signing of the Kansas Chiefs.

Bowers (6’1”, 240) was a defensive standout from his rush end spot at Peru State College (NAIA) and collected 66 solo tackles and a remarkable 21 sacks over four seasons and 37 games. His consistent production earned him a mini-camp invite from the Minnesota Vikings in May 2019.