All 32 NFL teams have started to make roster moves in light of the September 1st deadline to have rosters trimmed to 53 players. Most of the players being cut in the coming days are susceptible to waivers, meaning that 31 other teams will have the ability to claim those guys and add them to their rosters. But there’s a lot more complexity to how this works.
With the much happening and guys already starting to move through waivers, this is a refresher on how the system operates.
Who may be eligible to go through the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who has less than 4 years of NFL service, he or she is subject to the waiver wire process. NFL players who definitely are released and possess four or maybe more numerous years of accrued time in the league become immediate free agents. Accrued seasons are earned by being 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.
During the NFL season, starting from the NFL trading deadline with the end from 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 along with non-vested veterans. But for now, only players with three or less years of experience undergo waivers.
What is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is a system that enables teams to submit a claim for a player who had been cut by another team. The waiver wire runs using a 24-hour timeframe during which teams can submit an insurance 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 have been waived your day prior.
Normally each time 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. Through the offseason and during roster cuts, the waiver wire order is the same as the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 in the regular season, an order turns for the standings round the league as the team with all the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire as well as the team using the best record gets last priority.
For the time being, the Bengals are 12th on the waiver wire (that they had the 12th pick inside the draft before trading it for the Bills) and all sorts of teams ahead 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 following the San Francisco 49ers released him.
This selection of players may also be within the running for any spot on the practice squad, but only if they clear waivers without being claimed by another team. Expect the majority of these guys to clear waivers and then kawomb with all the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something either side want.
What happens 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 from the Bengals passes through waivers unclaimed, Cincinnati could sign said player towards the practice squad. However, those players could also sign with some other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must proceed through waivers.