All 32 NFL teams have started to make roster moves in light of the September 1st deadline to have rosters trimmed to 53 players. Most of the players being cut within the coming days are subjected to waivers, which means 31 other teams will have the ability to claim those guys and add them to their rosters. But there’s a lot more complexity to how this works.
With much happening and guys already beginning to move through waivers, this is a refresher on how the system operates.
That is eligible to go through the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who has lower than four years of NFL service, he or she is subject 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 when you 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 from the NFL trading deadline from the end of the regular season, vested veterans (those with 4 many years of experience) can also be subject to the waiver process. That means any veterans cut after Week 8 will go through waivers in addition to non-vested veterans. But for now, only players with three or less years of experience proceed through waivers.
What is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is really a system that enables teams to submit an insurance claim to get a player who had been cut by another team. The waiver wire runs using a 24-hour timeframe during which teams can submit claims following a player being cut.
On roster cut weekend that 24-hour timeframe is abbreviated as teams must submit a 53-man roster to the NFL by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to claim players who had been waived your day prior.
Normally when a player is released, waivers run the following day. For roster cuts, however, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether or not they were released on Friday or Saturday.
Waiver Wire order. Through the offseason and through roster cuts, the waiver wire order is equivalent to the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 of the regular season, the order turns to the standings round the league because the team with the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire and also the team using the best record gets last priority.
Right now, the Bengals are 12th on the waiver wire (they had the 12th pick inside the draft before trading it towards the Bills) and all of teams before them inside the waiver wire order have the opportunity to assert 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 after the San Francisco 49ers released him.
This group of players may be within the running to get a spot on the practice squad, only when they clear waivers without getting claimed by another team. Expect many of these guys to get rid of waivers and then kawomb with the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something both sides want.
What will happen when a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Whenever a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he turns into a free agent. In case a player cut from the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player to the practice squad. However, those players may also sign with every other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must go through waivers.