Odell Beckham Jr. was cut from the Browns and will go through the waiver wire, but do you know how it works?
When we read news in English about the American Football League, we come across the terms waive and release.
Just to illustrate, when a player has less than four seasons in the league and is cut, he is waived. On the other hand, if the athlete has more than four accumulated seasons, he is released.
When a player is waived, his contract is not terminated. But, yes, it goes through the waiver wire, where teams can claim for it. If a team manages to claim it, it integrates the new team into its current contract. If no team ever requests for the player within a certain period of time (usually at noon local time the following day), his bond is terminated and thus he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
So, if the athlete is released, his contract is terminated and therefore he becomes free to sign with any team.
How it works
Once a player is placed on waivers, any team can “claim” for him if they want to add him to the 53-player roster. The team with the highest priority in the waiver acquires him and then must make a corresponding move for him to join the main squad.
During the interseason, the order of priority of the waiver wire is determined by the order of the Draft (before the exchanges). That is, the franchise with the first overall choice has the highest priority.
However, as of the third week of the regular season, the rule changes. The order of priority is now taken into account is the inverse order of the season’s classification. That is, the team with the worst campaign at the moment has the highest priority.
Right after the closing of the exchange window, which this season was last Tuesday (2), all cuts go through waivers. Therefore, having been in the league for eight years, OBJ will also have to go through the waiver wire.
Waiver wire order
Currently, this is the order of waivers:
New York Jets
New York Giants
Washington Football Team
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Las Vegas Raiders
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams