NFL teams, including the New York Giants, can get waiver claims starting Wednesday afternoon. They can also start building practice teams. There’s always some confusion about the rules for how that all works. So let’s see if we can clear up some of that.
Distance Rules Rules
Teams have until noon ET on Wednesday to file a claim for any player released from the 80-to-53-player roster. The Giants are No. 5 in the waiver claim, which corresponds to where they were positioned in the 2022 NFL Draft. That means if the Giants claim a player, they will get that player, provided the Jaguars, Lions, Texans, and Jets don’t claim that player as well.
Players with less than four accumulated NFL seasons are subject to waivers. Those with more than four accrued seasons are considered released and can sign with any team immediately. Players subject to waivers will not become free agents unless they are not claimed in the waiver process.
A built up season requires a player to be in full play status for at least six regular season games in any given season. That’s why quarterback Davis Webb, in the league since 2017, is still subject to the waiver process. Although he plays in the league, he has not been on the active roster enough to accumulate four accumulated seasons.
Practice squad rules
How many players? NFL practice squads currently consist of 16 players.
Who is eligible? These are the current eligibility rules:
- Players who have no accumulated season of NFL experience.
- Free players who were less than nine games on the active list in their only accrued season.
- Up to 10 free players who have not earned more than two accumulated seasons.
- Up to six free-agent players with no limit on the number of seasons earned.
When can teams start putting together practice teams? Once the waiver claim period ends, teams can begin signing up players for their practice teams. This year that means Wednesday after noon.
How much do practice squad players earn? Players with two accumulated seasons or less earn $11,500 for each week they are on a practice team. Players with more than two seasons accrued earn a minimum of $15,400 per week with a maximum of $19,900.
In order to return during the season, injured players must first be placed on a team’s 53-man regular season roster. Beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, teams can place those players on the Reserve Injured or Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. Players placed on those lists on or after that time must miss a minimum of four regular season games.
The Giants have several players who can finish on IR for the first few weeks of the season. Those include guard Shane Lemieux, edge defender Elerson Smith and cornerback Rodarius Williams.