All 32 NFL teams have begun 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 within the coming days are subjected to waivers, which means 31 other teams will have the chance to claim those guys and add them to their rosters. But there’s far more complexity to how this works.
With so much happening and guys already beginning to move through waivers, this is a refresher on how the system operates.
Who is eligible to endure the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who has lower than four years of NFL service, he or she is subjected to the waiver wire process. NFL players who definitely are released and 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 any team for six games in a single regular season, or being upon an injury list for six games in a regular season.
Through the NFL season, beginning with the NFL trading deadline from the end from the regular season, vested veterans (those that have 4 numerous years of experience) are also susceptible to the waiver process. This means any veterans cut after Week 8 goes through waivers in addition to non-vested veterans. For the time being, only players with three or less years of experience proceed through waivers.
Exactly what is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is really 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 during which teams can submit an insurance claim 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 and then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to claim players who have been waived your day prior.
Normally each time 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 throughout 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 towards the standings around the league as 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.
For now, the Bengals are 12th on the waiver wire (they had the 12th pick inside the draft before trading it to the Bills) and all teams ahead of them inside 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 number of players may also be inside the running for any spot on the practice squad, but only when they clear waivers without being claimed by another team. Expect the majority of these guys to get rid of waivers and also kawomb using the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something each side want.
What happens whenever a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Each time a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he becomes a free agent. When a player cut from the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player for the practice squad. However, those players might also sign with every other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must proceed through waivers.