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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 subject to waivers, which means 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, here is a refresher on how the system operates.

That is eligible to undergo the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who has under four years of NFL service, he or she is susceptible to the waiver wire process. NFL players who definitely 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 when you are on the active 53-man roster to get a team for six games in a single regular season, or being upon an injury list for six games in a regular season.

Throughout the NFL season, starting from the NFL trading deadline with the end in the regular season, vested veterans (those with 4 many years of experience) are also subject 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 go through waivers.

What exactly is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is really a system which allows teams to submit an insurance claim for any player who had been cut by another team. The waiver wire runs using a 24-hour timeframe during which teams can submit claims 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 then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to assert players who have been waived the day prior.

Normally each time a player is released, waivers run the following 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 equivalent to the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 in the regular season, the transaction turns to the standings round the league since the team with all the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire and 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 to the Bills) and all sorts of teams ahead of them within 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 after 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 inside the running for any spot on the practice squad, but only when they clear waivers without having to be claimed by another team. Expect the majority of these guys to get rid of waivers and then kawomb using the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something both sides want.

What goes on whenever a player isn’t claimed by anyone? When a player goes unclaimed on the, he gets to be a free agent. If a player cut by 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.

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