The Bills surprisingly dumped quarterback Trent Edwards on Monday, a day after word broke that they were trying to trade him.
So now Edwards, who is in his fourth NFL season, will be required to pass through waivers. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that multiple claims are expected to be made.
And here’s where things get potentially interesting. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells us that the 2009 standings control all waiver claims made through today; as of September 28, the 2010 records determine dibs.
This could result in a team like the 0-3 49ers (whom we’re told like Edwards) losing out on the Stanford product to the 2-1 Seahawks (whom we’re told also like Edwards), given that the 49ers finished 8-8 last year and the Seahawks finished 5-11.
The 2009 priority would apply regardless of the fact that the Seahawks beat the 49ers in Week One, 31-6.
Here’s some advice to the Competition Committee. If two of the teams making a claim have played each other in the current year, the prior year’s finish shouldn’t matter. In that circumstance, the team that lost the head-to-head meeting in the current year always should have priority over the team that won the game.
UPDATE: The league office has now advised us that the 2010 order will apply because Edwards’ contract will be awarded today.