Update: 3:30 p.m.: The Redskins announced that they also have signed former Miami Dolphin and Green Bay Packer defensive end Phillip Merling (the 32nd pick of the 2008 draft, but a disappointment in his career thus far) to a futures contract as well.

Original post: The Redskins have signed five of their practice squad players to futures contracts, according to the NFL’s transaction report.

By doing so, Washington controls their rights through the offseason, and the players will be able to take part in OTAs.

Signing those futures contracts were nose tackle Chigbo Anunoby, defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton, fullback Eric Kettani, cornerback Korey Lindsey and tight end DeAngelo Peterson.

Last week the Redskins signed linebacker Ricky Elmore and safety Devin Holland to futures contracts.