From the end of one regular season through the third week of the next regular season, the team with the worst reason in the prior season has dibs on all players placed on waivers.
This year, that was the Texans, from February through today.
As of today, that ended. The Jaguars, Raiders, and Buccaneers — all 0-3 and tied when it comes to strength of schedule played so far — are tied for the top spot. If two or more make a waivers claim for the same player, the issue will be resolved by the flip of a coin.
The Jets and Rams are tied for fourth position, and the Chiefs, Vikings, and Saints are tied at No. 6. Again, coin flips would decide priority.
A five-way tie exists at No. 9, with the Browns, Packers, Colts, Dolphins, and Washington. Ditto for the coin flips.
The Bengals currently are last on the 32-team pecking order.
The deck will now be reshuffled on a weekly basis, based on won-loss record and schedule strength. Through the trade deadline, all players with less than four years of service pass through waivers. After the trade deadline, all players who are released must first go through waivers.