Super Bowl 48 is only hours old and the NFL’s offseason is in its early stages. For NFL teams, though, the offseason is not a time to sip on umbrella drinks while floating in the Caribbean. The offseason is a time to look to the future, to patch up holes in the roster, and to build momentum for upcoming season. That process begins to go full-steam ahead now.
As of today (Monday, February 3), the NFL’s waiver system begins for 2014. From this point forward through the 2014 season, generally a 24-hour claiming period will be in effect for players with three or fewer pension-credited seasons whom are released from their teams (there are various times where waivers timelines are adjusted). Players with at least four pension-credited seasons whom a club desires to terminate are not subject to the waiver system until after the trading deadline.
In simple terms, teams can now release/waive players from their roster. They cannot sign unrestricted free agents; the free agency period begins on March 11.
As a refresher, here are a few important dates coming up in the offseason.
Also, here is a list of the Vikings scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on March 11: