Originally Posted by 2KBack
If you are talking about Cooley, he does not have to clear waivers. You have kept mentioning this...please see below
Player with 3 or fewer years in the league = Waived, must pass through waivers
Player with 4 or more years in league= Released, contract eliminated, free agent
You don't think that Manning went through waivers do you?
Orton has spent more than 4 years in NFL, and was waived this past season....and he was claimed by KC....or is your post about just during the offseason?
Ok on edit I found this...
As of 2008, according to the NFL collective bargaining agreement, if any waiver of a veteran player who has completed the season that gives him four years of service occurs between February 1 and the trading deadline in mid October, then that player shall be considered an unrestricted free agent by termination of his contract
This must mean that if you're released between the trading deadline in mid October and February 1st, then you must clear waivers...