All 32 NFL teams have begun to make roster moves in light of the September 1st deadline to have rosters trimmed to 53 players. The majority of the players being cut within the coming days are subject to waivers, which means that 31 other teams will have the chance to claim those guys and add them to their rosters. But there’s much more complexity to how this works.
With much happening and guys already beginning to move through waivers, this is a refresher regarding how the system operates.
Who may be eligible to undergo the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who may have less than 4 years of NFL service, he or she is subjected to the waiver wire process. NFL players that are released and possess four or more years of accrued amount of time in the league become immediate free agents. Accrued seasons are earned because they are on the active 53-man roster to get a team for six games in a single regular season, or being with an injury list for six games in a regular season.
Through the NFL season, beginning with the NFL trading deadline with the end in the regular season, vested veterans (individuals with 4 many years of experience) are also subject to the waiver process. This means any veterans cut after Week 8 should go through waivers together with non-vested veterans. But for now, only players with three or less many years of experience undergo waivers.
What is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is really a system that allows teams to submit an insurance claim for a player who was cut by another team. The waiver wire operates on a 24-hour timeframe in which teams can submit a claim after a player being cut.
On roster cut weekend that 24-hour timeframe is abbreviated as teams must submit a 53-man roster towards the NFL by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to assert players who were waived the day prior.
Normally whenever a player is released, waivers run the following day. For roster cuts, however, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether they were released on Friday or Saturday.
Waiver Wire order. During the offseason and during roster cuts, the waiver wire order is equivalent to the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 from the regular season, the order turns to the standings around the league since the team using the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire as well as the team with the best record gets last priority.
Right now, the Bengals are 12th on the waiver wire (they had the 12th pick within the draft before trading it for the Bills) and all sorts of teams before them in the waiver wire order get the chance to claim players on the waiver wire before them.
In 2016, the Bengals claimed cornerback KeiVarae Russell off waivers following the Kansas City Chiefs released him. Cincinnati also claimed quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers that year following the San Francisco 49ers released him.
This group of players may also be within the running for a spot on the practice squad, only should they clear waivers without getting claimed by another team. Expect most of these guys to clear waivers and be able to kawomb with all the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something either side want.
What will happen when a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Each time a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he gets to be a free agent. When a player cut by the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player to the practice squad. However, those players might also sign with some other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must proceed through waivers.