The NFL’s waiver system for the 2020 year resumes today, as Field Yates of ESPN.com notes (via Twitter). That means that all vested veterans (players with four or more accrued seasons) that are released will become free agents right away. The rest, meanwhile, will be subject to the waiver wire.
This is the typical operating procedure for released veterans in the NFL, but it flips each year following the trade deadline. From late-October onward, veteran players are subject to the waiver wire, giving the league’s other 31 teams a chance to claim them.
Waiver priority is based on the inverse of the previous season’s record, which means the Bengals will have top priority on waivers all the way through Week 3. They’ll be followed by the Redskins, Lions, Giants, and Dolphins. After that, waiver priority will based on 2020 records.