With the Super Bowl in the history books, the offseason officially begins for the Redskins and the rest of the NFL. And it’s not just symbolic, one important change takes place today.
Teams now can waive players from their rosters. Players with four or more accrued seasons immediately become free agents while those with less than four years in the league are subject to the waiver system.
The waiver system is of great interest to the Redskins. They have second priority on waiver claims, right behind the Texans. The organization can almost have its pick of the younger players released by the rest of the league.
However, this is unlikely to do much for them immediately. With all teams well under the 90-man roster limit and with no need to get under the salary cap before the league year starts on March 11 there simply is no incentive to release younger players.
As the offseason goes on, the waiver priority could become more valuable. It lasts all the way through training camp and the first few weeks of the regular season, when it will revert to the standings of the 2014 season.
Jay Gruden and company are still in the process of evaluating Redskins’ roster so an immediate move is unlikely. But with the league year starting five weeks from tomorrow things will start to move before you know it.