All 32 NFL teams have begun 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 subject to waivers, which means 31 other teams will have the opportunity 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 starting to move through waivers, listed here is a refresher regarding how the system operates.
Who may be eligible to go through the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player that has less than four years of NFL service, he or she is subjected to the waiver wire process. NFL players that are released and have four or maybe more numerous 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 on an injury list for six games in a regular season.
Throughout the NFL season, beginning with the NFL trading deadline from the end in the regular season, vested veterans (those that have 4 many years of experience) will also be susceptible to the waiver process. This means any veterans cut after Week 8 should go through waivers in addition to non-vested veterans. For the time being, only players with three or less many years of experience undergo waivers.
Exactly what is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is really a system that allows teams to submit an insurance claim to get a player who was cut by another team. The waiver wire operates on a 24-hour timeframe where 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 for 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 when a player is released, waivers run the next day. For roster cuts, however, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether they were released on Friday or Saturday.
Waiver Wire order. Through 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 transaction turns to the standings across the league because the team with the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire and also the team with all the best record gets last priority.
For the time being, the Bengals are 12th on the waiver wire (they had the 12th pick in the draft before trading it towards the Bills) and all teams ahead of 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 after 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 could also be in the running to get a spot on the practice squad, only if they clear waivers without being claimed by another team. Expect most of these guys to remove waivers and be able to kawomb with the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something each side want.
What will happen each time a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Whenever a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he gets to be a free agent. If a player cut from the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player for the practice squad. However, those players may also sign with some other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must undergo waivers.