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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 much more complexity to how this works.

With the much happening and guys already starting to move through waivers, this is a refresher about how the system operates.

Who may be eligible to undergo the waiver wire? When an NFL team releases a player who has less than four years of NFL service, he is susceptible to the waiver wire process. NFL players that are released and also have four or even more years of accrued time in the league become immediate free agents. Accrued seasons are earned by being on the active 53-man roster for any team for six games in a single regular season, or being with an injury list for six games in a regular season.

During the NFL season, beginning from the NFL trading deadline from the end of the regular season, vested veterans (individuals with 4 numerous years of experience) can also be susceptible to the waiver process. That means any veterans cut after Week 8 goes through waivers together with non-vested veterans. For the time being, only players with three or less many years of experience proceed through waivers.

What is the waiver wire? The NFL waiver wire is actually a system that enables 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 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 for the NFL by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday then have until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to assert players who were waived the morning prior.

Normally whenever a player is released, waivers run the following 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 the same as the NFL draft order (excluding trades). After Week 3 from the regular season, the transaction turns to the standings across the league since the team using the worst record gets first priority on the waiver wire and the team with 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 to the Bills) and all of teams ahead of them inside the waiver wire order get the chance to assert 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 number of players may also be inside the running for any spot on the practice squad, only if they clear waivers without being claimed by another team. Expect the majority of these guys to get rid of waivers and also kawomb with the Bengals’ practice squad, if that’s something both sides want.

What goes on when a player isn’t claimed by anyone? Whenever a player goes unclaimed on the, he becomes 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 every other team’s practice squad. All practice squad eligible players must go through waivers.

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