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 much more complexity to how this works.
With so much happening and guys already beginning to move through waivers, 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 who may have lower than 4 years of NFL service, he or she is susceptible to the waiver wire process. NFL players that are released and also have four or more 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 for 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, starting from the NFL trading deadline from the end in the regular season, vested veterans (those that have 4 many years of experience) can also be subject to the waiver process. Which means any veterans cut after Week 8 goes through waivers together with non-vested veterans. But for now, only players with three or less numerous years of experience go through waivers.
Exactly what is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is actually a system which allows teams to submit an insurance claim for any player who had been cut by another team. The waiver wire operates on a 24-hour timeframe where teams can submit a claim using 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 and then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to assert players who were waived the day prior.
Normally when a player is released, waivers run the very next 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 (not including trades). After Week 3 of the regular season, an order turns towards the standings across the league as the team with all the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire and also the team with the best record gets last priority.
For now, the Bengals are 12th on the waiver wire (they had the 12th pick in the draft before trading it for the Bills) and all sorts of teams in front of them within the waiver wire order have the opportunity 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 a spot on the practice squad, only if they clear waivers without getting claimed by another team. Expect the majority of these guys to get rid of waivers and be able to kawomb with all the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something each side want.
What happens when a player isn’t claimed by anyone? When a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he gets to be a free agent. In case a player cut through the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player for the practice squad. However, those players could also sign with some other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must go through waivers.