Where do the Colts rank in waiver wire priority?

While cutdown day is chaotic around the NFL, another important aspect of the process is the waiver wire. The Indianapolis Colts should be one of the more active teams after the roster deadline passes Tuesday.

First, we must begin by looking at what the process of being waived means.

Players with fewer than four accrued NFL seasons are subject to waivers.  Players with at least four accrued seasons are released outright, and they are free to sign with any team immediately. An example of the latter for the Colts would be the release of running back Kenyan Drake, who has been in the NFL since 2016.

Any player with fewer than four accrued NFL seasons becomes subject to waivers for 24 hours and can not sign with a team unless they go unclaimed. If they clear waivers, they become a free agent able to sign with any team. If they are claimed, the team making the claim will take on whatever contract exists at the time.

At this point, the waiver order is determined by the NFL draft order before trades. So even if a team traded away their first-round pick, they still hold that original spot in the waiver order.

Every team makes waiver claims at the same time, and the team with the highest waiver wire position gets both the player and his existing contract. There is no limit on how many waiver claims a team can make, but they must make corresponding moves to satisfy the 53-player roster limit.

Here’s a look at the full waiver wire order following roster cuts:

  1. Chicago Bears

  2. Houston Texans

  3. Arizona Cardinals

  4. Indianapolis Colts

  5. Denver Broncos

  6. Los Angeles Rams

  7. Las Vegas Raiders

  8. Atlanta Falcons

  9. Carolina Panthers

  10. New Orleans Saints

  11. Tennessee Titans

  12. Cleveland Browns

  13. New York Jets

  14. New England Patriots

  15. Green Bay Packers

  16. Washington Commanders

  17. Pittsburgh Steelers

  18. Detroit Lions

  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  20. Seattle Seahawks

  21. Miami Dolphins

  22. Los Angeles Chargers

  23. Baltimore Ravens

  24. Minnesota Vikings

  25. Jacksonville Jaguars

  26. New York Giants

  27. Dallas Cowboys

  28. Buffalo Bills

  29. Cincinnati Bengals

  30. San Francisco 49ers

  31. Philadelphia Eagles

  32. Kansas City Chiefs

Story originally appeared on Colts Wire

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