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Clearing the air on the waiver order for Trent Edwards

On Monday, the Bills cut quarterback Trent Edwards.  Since we generally were aware that the prior season’s standings apply to waiver claims for the first three weeks of a new season, we were intrigued by the priority that would apply to a player cut on the Monday of the third week, with 15 games completed and one game to play.

So we asked the league office.  And we were told that the 2009 records will apply when awarding Edwards’ contract.

We’re now told that, because Edwards’ contract actually will be awarded on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 records will apply.

“Our clubs are confused,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail, “meaning they read you religiously.”

It makes sense that the clubs would be confused; it’s a tricky issue of timing and Monday was the only day of the year in which the waiver procedures potentially would overlap.

As a practical matter, it means that (as Chris Mortensen of ESPN predicted last night) multiple waiver claims will be submitted for Edwards.  Otherwise, teams wouldn’t be trying to obtain clarification as to the procedure.

It also means that the 0-3 49ers (who like Edwards) will have priority over the 2-1 Seahawks (who also have priority), even though the 49ers were 8-8 in 2009 and the Seahawks were 5-11.

Stay tuned.  Edwards’ contract will be awarded to a new team at 4:00 p.m. ET today.  The only safe bet at this point is that the team claiming him won’t be the Bills.

Then again, given some of the Bills’ decisions over the past few years, that bet may not be as safe as we think.

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25 Responses to “Clearing the air on the waiver order for Trent Edwards”
  1. Otis Taylor 89 says: Sep 28, 2010 9:15 AM

    Uh, who cares?
    Hasn’t Edwards shown he can’t play in this league?

  2. Didier says: Sep 28, 2010 9:16 AM

    Look for the Lions to claim and trade.
    The 49ers aren’t going to claim an Alex Smith clone with Coach Singletary’s job on the line.
    Same for the Browns and Panthers.

  3. dafish says: Sep 28, 2010 9:17 AM

    what makes you think the Jags didn’t put in a waiver claim?

  4. jj jones says: Sep 28, 2010 9:21 AM

    With the first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select…

  5. arbe999 says: Sep 28, 2010 9:22 AM

    Bad move? What? This is a bad QB. His longest completion the week prior was 20 yards. He is Captain Checkdown. At the end of the Packers game 4th and whatever, he rolls out and runs out of bounds. Yes, the Bills made a bad mistake…much like Lienart?..or did we forget about him?

  6. Any Given Workday says: Sep 28, 2010 9:33 AM

    … Andrew Luck

  7. Slippyal2 says: Sep 28, 2010 9:36 AM

    I would to see what Mike Singletary would do to him, when Trent checkdown behind the line of scrimmage on 4th and 23, or running out of bounds on 4th down. It says a lot about a player, when a team in need of a QB drops one.

  8. BenRapistberger says: Sep 28, 2010 9:37 AM

    @Didier,
    If he was worth something in a trade, the Bills would have traded him instead of cutting him.
    The only time things like that happen (see Kevin O’Connell) is when only a team within the division is willing to trade. Last time I checked, every other team in the AFC East is set at starting and backup QB.

  9. Axlviking says: Sep 28, 2010 9:39 AM

    …now how dumb do the 49ers look for not making a deal for Michael Vick before this season? Vick was likely available for a 2nd round pick. Poor Niners fans. :(

  10. nagurski_T_form says: Sep 28, 2010 9:57 AM

    I have seen Edwards play many times, and I can pretty much guarantee that this guy clears waivers.
    He is the only QB I’ve ever seen that doesn’t like to throw the ball…he is a rare breed. Most QBs want to air out 40 yard bombs on every down, but not this guy…most of the throws he makes land BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.
    I’ll be shocked if anyone picks him up at all, shocks if he actually gets any playing time, and shocked if he actually wins any games.
    He seems like a decent-enough person, he’s just a bad, bad, BAD football player.
    One thing I will say is that he did show promise before Adrian Wilson scrambled his brains. He hasn’t been the same player since. It’s a pretty sad story, really.

  11. Didier says: Sep 28, 2010 10:02 AM

    The Bills couldn’t trade him because teams suspected he’d be cut and they’d wait to claim him off waivers, but if the Lions claim him, they will have the leverage as it is obvious that multiple teams will try to claim him off waivers.
    I don’t expect the Lions to get much for him, but they’ve done the same thing in the past under similar circumstances.
    Even a 7th round pick is better than nothing if it is no cost to you.

  12. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Sep 28, 2010 10:14 AM

    “Our clubs are confused,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail, “meaning they read you religiously.”
    ——
    Huh? Were you just trying to sneak in there that someone in the NFL reads you religiously? Or is there some other reason for the last quotation in that sentence?
    Maybe it’s because I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet, but it just doesn’t seem to fit.

  13. lamename says: Sep 28, 2010 10:21 AM

    Sounds like the Bills could have gotten a little something via trade.
    Maybe some bats and set of new bases? /rimshot

  14. Alydar says: Sep 28, 2010 10:26 AM

    They “read you religiously” because this is where the rats go to defecate.
    -Mike Singletary

  15. CJ SPILLER says: Sep 28, 2010 10:44 AM

    Then again, given some of the Bills’ decisions over the past few years, that bet may not be as safe as we think.
    _________________________
    Yeah Florio, but not nearly as bad as your decision to tell the whole world that Terry Bradshaw was dead!!

  16. Freebird2010 says: Sep 28, 2010 10:46 AM

    The Lions will claim Trent Edwards, cut Drew Stanton, trade Edwards for a 7th Rd pick (or maybe even keep him), then re-sign Stanton because no one will claim him.

  17. HarrisonHits says: Sep 28, 2010 11:00 AM

    “Hasn’t Edwards shown he can’t play in this league?”
    @Otis Taylor 89, he’s playing behind a porous offensive line with horrible skill players, what do you expect ?
    “…now how dumb do the 49ers look for not making a deal for Michael Vick before this season? Vick was likely available for a 2nd round pick. Poor Niners fans. :(”
    @Axlviking, not everyone want that POS scumbag on their team. I can’t even watch Total Access or any of the other shows as it makes me physically sick to my stomach to hear the commentators gushing over that filth. Vick did not deserve to be reinstated to the league.

  18. bigfranky75 says: Sep 28, 2010 11:05 AM

    maybe clubs have the hopes of returning him to his 2008 form when he led the Bills to a 5-1 start and there was (obviously premature) talk of him as an MVP candidate….. he looked GREAT in early 2008 (and in his limited action in 2007), but then he suffered a SEVERE concussion from adrian wilson against the cards and he has never recovered….
    maybe teams that are interested in him are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt given his exposure to 5 different OC’s, 4 different QB coaches, and 3 differnet head coaches in his just over 3 years in the league (not to mention a joke of an O-Line)…. maybe somebody out there thinks they can “fix” him after being completely BROKEN by the incompetance of the Bills… and who knows, maybe they can. but i do think a lot of it has to do with that major concussion a couple of years ago… he hasnt been the same since.

  19. Lwood says: Sep 28, 2010 11:33 AM

    @HarrisonHits….do you live in a glass house? I’m not a fan of his, but he paid his debt, and EVERYONE deserves a 2nd chance.

  20. Asiandave says: Sep 28, 2010 11:43 AM

    @HarrisonHits
    “Vick did not deserve to be reinstated to the league.”
    What about Jamal “I sell drugs” Lewis. What about Ray Lewis and his brush with murder charges? What about players that get in domestic disputes and play Toss Their GF Down the Stairs?
    I think there are a lot more issues going on in the league from time to time than Michael Vick. What he did was wrong. But in comparison to what some of these other players have gotten themselves into, it pales in comparison. Other players have committed crimes against other people. Vick mistreated dogs…

  21. LionsSlappy says: Sep 28, 2010 12:30 PM

    The Lions, Browns and Panthers didn’t put in a waiver claim on free agent QB Trent Edwards, so the winless 49ers can have him if they want him, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora.
    The Niners and Seahawks have been reported to have interest in the former Bill. If Edwards is claimed by San Francisco, it’s possible he could challenge Alex Smith for the starting job at some point this season.

  22. I *heart* Florio says: Sep 28, 2010 12:44 PM

    Then again, given some of the Bills’ decisions over the past few years, that bet may not be as safe as we think.
    ____________________ _____
    Yeah Florio, but not nearly as bad as your decision to tell the whole world that Terry Bradshaw was dead!!
    /rimshot :)

  23. harloeisdead says: Sep 28, 2010 12:56 PM

    Come on down to Jacksonville and keep Andrew Luck’s seat warm.

  24. CJ SPILLER says: Sep 28, 2010 1:04 PM

    @HarrisonHits
    Not a Vick fan at all, but at least he paid his debt. Look at Donte Stallworth, he killed someone in a DWI accident and did very little jail time and look at Leonard Little who use to play for the Rams…..he killed a lady in a DWI accident and only did 4 yrs probation and the NFL let him back in. In my mind these guys did worse than Vick. Just sayin!!

  25. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Sep 28, 2010 3:30 PM

    VICK did the world a service……Imbred animals like pit bulls are unstable at best, they should all be killed. DO you really want 1 living next door to you, with your 2 yr old out playing in the backyard.>>>> My guess is fuk no, and nor do I….Big Deal you sissys……the guy can ball, and thats all that matters……..

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