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 subject 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 so much happening and guys already beginning to move through waivers, this is a refresher on how the system operates.
Who may be eligible to undergo the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who may have under 4 years of NFL service, he is susceptible to the waiver wire process. NFL players who definitely are released and also have four or more numerous years of accrued amount of time in the league become immediate free agents. Accrued seasons are earned by being 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 from the NFL trading deadline from the end of the regular season, vested veterans (those with 4 many years of experience) will also be subjected 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 undergo waivers.
Exactly what is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is a system that enables teams to submit a claim to get a player who has been cut by another team. The waiver wire runs using a 24-hour timeframe during 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 after that have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to claim players who have been waived the morning prior.
Normally each time 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 through roster cuts, the waiver wire order is the same as the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 from the regular season, the order turns for the standings across the league as the team with all 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 within the draft before trading it towards the Bills) and all teams in front of 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 after the San Francisco 49ers released him.
This selection of players may also be in the running for any spot on the practice squad, only if they clear waivers without having to be claimed by another team. Expect the majority of these guys to remove waivers and then kawomb using the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something either side want.
What will happen whenever a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Whenever 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 towards the practice squad. However, those players might also sign with any other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must undergo waivers.