The Redskins cut their roster down to 53 players yesterday, but there are still roster moves to be made. The NFL waiver wire for yesterday's cuts runs until 12 pm today, and then teams can start forming their 10-player practice squads. The Redskins are 5th in the waiver order, and could claim a player or two, which would mean one or two more cuts. Also, Bashaud Breeland is suspended for Week 1, and their will have to be another player released when he is reinstated for Week 2.
The Redskins can begin forming their practice squad at 1 pm, an hour after the waiver period ends. Several of the Redskins roster cuts from yesterday are reportedly on the team's practice squad radar. Those players are WR Reggie Bell, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT Takoby Cofield, ILB Terrance Plummer, OLB Houston Bates, and CB/WR Quinton Dunbar. The Redskins will be making several roster moves today, and there could be some interesting names from around the league on the team, and the practice squad.
Last year the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a new set of rules for practice squads that went into effect in 2014 and continued this year on a trial basis. Teams gain an additional two slots, and the eligibility for those spots is drastically different from the previous requirements.
Practice squad basics(Old rules)
Practice squads are considered to be for developmental purposes. Therefore, veterans are not eligible to be signed to the practice squad. In fact, players with more than one year of accrued NFL service are not eligible. Here is a closer look at the eligibility requirements.
Practice squad players earn significantly less than players on the active roster, but they still take home a solid weekly paycheck. NFL practice squad players make a minimum of $6,300 per week they are on the practice squad. There is no limit to how much a team can pay a player on the practice squad. Some will offer a higher weekly salary in order to entice better players to sign, although the practice squad contracts do count against the salary cap.
In 2012, multiple teams were reportedly interested in signing OT Tom Compton from the Redskins practice squad during the season, which led to the Redskins increasing his salary and still keeping him on the PS.
New Practice Squad Rules(2 spots):
Criteria for practice squad eligibility has been expanded in two categories. A player must have a minimum of six games on a practice squad - increased from the previous three games - for that year to count as one of three permissible seasons on the squad. And each team now can sign a maximum of two practice squad players who have earned no more than two NFL seasons toward free agency. Aside from that exception, a player with one or more accrued seasons can't go on a practice squad unless he spent fewer than nine games on a club's 46-player active list in each of his pro seasons.