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 susceptible to waivers, which means 31 other teams will have the ability 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 endure the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player that has lower than 4 years of NFL service, he is subjected to the waiver wire process. NFL players who are released and also have four or even more many 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 upon an injury list for six games in a regular season.
Through the NFL season, beginning from the NFL trading deadline through the end of the regular season, vested veterans (those that have 4 years of experience) are also susceptible to the waiver process. Which means any veterans cut after Week 8 will go through waivers along with non-vested veterans. For the time being, only players with three or less numerous years of experience go through waivers.
What exactly is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is really a system which allows teams to submit claims for a player who has been cut by another team. The waiver wire runs using a 24-hour timeframe where teams can submit claims using 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 had been waived the morning prior.
Normally whenever a player is released, waivers run the very 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. Throughout the offseason and throughout roster cuts, the waiver wire order is equivalent to the NFL draft order (not including trades). After Week 3 in the regular season, the order turns towards 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 inside the draft before trading it to the Bills) and all teams before 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 right 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 may also be within the running to get a spot on the practice squad, only should they clear waivers without having to be claimed by another team. Expect most of these guys to clear waivers and be able to kawomb with the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something each side want.
What will happen when a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Each time a player goes unclaimed on the fantasyfootballconsultants.net, he gets to be a free agent. In case 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 undergo waivers.