All 32 NFL teams have started to make roster moves in light of the September 1st deadline to have rosters trimmed to 53 players. A lot of the players being cut in the coming days are subjected to waivers, meaning that 31 other teams will have the chance to claim those guys and add them to their rosters. But there’s a lot more complexity to how this works.
With the much happening and guys already beginning to move through waivers, here is a refresher about how the system operates.
That is eligible to go through the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who may have lower than four years of NFL service, he is susceptible to the waiver wire process. NFL players who are released and also have four or even more years of accrued period in the league become immediate free agents. Accrued seasons are earned by being on the active 53-man roster for a team for six games in a single regular season, or being upon an injury list for six games in a regular season.
Throughout the NFL season, beginning with the NFL trading deadline through the end of the regular season, vested veterans (those that have 4 numerous years of experience) will also be susceptible to the waiver process. Which means any veterans cut after Week 8 goes through waivers together with non-vested veterans. For the time being, only players with three or less years of experience go through waivers.
What exactly is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is actually a system which allows teams to submit a claim for any player who has been cut by another team. The waiver wire operates on a 24-hour timeframe in which teams can submit an insurance 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 then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to claim players who were waived the morning prior.
Normally whenever a player is released, waivers run the next 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. During the offseason and during roster cuts, the waiver wire order is equivalent to the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 in the regular season, an order turns towards the standings round the league because the team with all the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire as well as the team with all the best record gets last priority.
For 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 of teams before them inside the waiver wire order get the chance to assert players on the waiver wire before them.
In 2016, the Bengals claimed cornerback KeiVarae Russell off waivers after 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 also be within the running for a spot on the practice squad, only if they clear waivers without being claimed by another team. Expect many of these guys to clear waivers and be able to kawomb with the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something both sides want.
What happens whenever a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Whenever a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he turns into a free agent. When a player cut from the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player to the practice squad. However, those players could also sign with every other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must go through waivers.