By Brian McFarland
How Does The NFLs Waiver System Work?
As the third week of the NFL preseason comes to a close, the time has come for teams to make their first round of roster cuts. Teams have until 4:00 p.m. on Monday to reduce their present rosters of 90 players down to 75.
When viewing the NFL waiver wire, there are 4 designations that come into play, each with different ramifications. Often, these designations are confused when reported in the press or simply labeled with the generic moniker cut, but there are different ramifications of each designation.
1. Players with less than 4 years of service time are waived and are subject to waivers. The waiver period in the NFL is 24 hours. So, a player waived on Monday can be claimed by another team by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. If multiple teams place a waiver claim on the same player, the player is awarded to the team with the highest waiver priority (the reverse order of the standings, worst to first). If a player goes unclaimed, he clears waivers and is a FA, free to sign wherever he can find work.
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