Winless Start Gives Redskins Top Waiver Priority
Because of their three consecutive losses to begin the season and their poor strength of schedule, the first opportunity to claim players off waivers belongs to the Redskins this week.
BY ZAC BOYER
A winless start to the season has earned the Redskins one advantage: the top priority on the league’s waiver wire.
With the league resetting the system this week to reflect the current standings for the first time – the previous year’s standings are used during the first three weeks of the season – the Redskins will have the ability to claim any player subject to the waiver process until gameday rosters must be finalized on Saturday.
The Redskins are one of six teams who have begun the season 0-3, but because they have the weakest strength of schedule of the lot at .444, they hold the tiebreaker.
Does that practically mean anything? Since the end of the 2010 season, the Redskins have only added seven players to their active roster by claiming them off waivers, including three who were added during the season – running back Tashard Choice in 2011, and cornerback Crezdon Butler and inside linebacker Bryan Kehl last season.
That’s not to say they didn’t make additional waiver claims, which aren’t often made public. Last year, Mike Shanahan confirmed the Redskins put in a claim on defensive end Jason Babin, who was released by the Eagles in November and picked up by the Jaguars.