McKenzie will be subject to limited waivers process

When we saw that the Saints had cut cornerback Mike McKenzie, a savvy veteran who provides depth and experience in a depleted defensive backfield, our first thought was that a team like the Bucs or the Falcons or the Panthers could tweak the Saints by making a waiver claim for the veteran defensive back, blocking New Orleans from bringing him back for the postseason.

As a league source explains it, however, cutting a player on the final Saturday of the regular season limits the teams that can make a waiver claim to teams that have qualified for the postseason.

So while a team like the Vikings or the Packers or any other playoff team may squat on McKenzie for the purposes of helping their own causes in the tournament, no non-playoff team will be able to stick it to the Saints by claiming McKenzie.

Given McKenzie’s performance against the Patriots on November 30, New England might choose to claim him both for skill and for spite.
 

26 responses to “McKenzie will be subject to limited waivers process

  1. McKensie would be a nice pickup for the Ravens who have injuries in the secondary and could have used someone like him even if eveyone was healthy.
    Go Ravens!

  2. McKenzie is easily better than the starting two Viking CB’s so look for Mr. Noodle to make his move. McKinzie is so good that Mr. Noodle should re arrange his schedule to pick him up at the airport.

  3. Am I correct in thinking that this would work similarly as regular waivers, where the lower-seeded team would have first dibs? Are teams like Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, that have virtually no chance of the playoffs in this as well?

  4. the Packers were linked to McKenzie before he signed with the Saints. I think they should put him out on the field this time around. I sure wish we never got rid of Sharper or McKenzie………if we didnt thought, we probably wouldnt have Woodson, and he is a straight stud.

  5. I know McKenzie didn’t leave Green Bay on good terms, but that was before Thompson took over as GM. There’s obviously a reason New Orleans cut him, but I can’t imagine he’s worse than Bush.

  6. Interesting rule. New England made a mistake cutting Titus Adams earlier in the week. The Browns wouldn’t have been able to put a waiver claim on him today.

  7. The packers should definately try to sign mckenzie, but he would probably sign with the queens first just to spite the Packers. You know! Just like traitor Brett! I’m sure it would be pretty satisfying to both of them to knock the Packers out of the playoffs. Bretts probably on the phone with him as we speak.

  8. The packers should definately try to sign mckenzie, but he would probably sign with the queens first just to spite the Packers. You know! Just like traitor Brett! I’m sure it would be pretty satisfying to both of them to knock the Packers out of the playoffs. Bretts probably on the phone with him as we speak.

  9. Interesting how all these comments are all hot for the Packers, Vikings or Patriots to sign McKenzie after the Saints cut him. All this for a player cast off by the Saints from one of the weakest positions on their roster. The Saints should have both of their starting corners back playing healthy for the first playoff game. Which should help them get to their second playoff game, and then the Super Bowl.
    Amazing how everybody wants their team to sign a Saints cast-off from one of the weakest positions on their roster and those same people say the Saints are going to be one and done…….

  10. Yknow the Ravens would be a good fit because of Frank Walker being so god awful. Chris Carr did a nice solid job last week and he would be nice as a nickel. Foxworth has really stepped up his play and adding a guy like McKenzie only improves the Ravens secondary. He has good coverage skills and his pursuit to the ball should be a turn on for the Ravens, he proved he still has it in his stint with the Saints and he could probably start or be in the 3 man rotation for corner. Think about it, Baltimore (if they make the playoffs) have to face Indy (loaded at WR), New England (loaded at WR), Cincy (good WR core that hurt the Ravens in the regular season), San Diego (Vincent Jackson to Naanee, they’re stacked), and even the Jets (Edwards, Cotchery). The Ravens desperately need McKenzie. Plus, if they maintain the 6th seed, they would be the first team to be able to claim him. To me it’s a no brainer, but the Ravens staff this year have shown that they have a lot of faith in the players that they have and they like to stick with the same guns. For example, they stuck with Haushka and look where that got them? Even though this seems like an obvious and smart pick up, don’t be shocked if Baltimore passes him up.

  11. he’ll go back to N.O …… unless a desperate team like Vikings would pick him up….. although he can’t help All Day with his fumbling and he can’t help when Brett turns into Brett with no running game and slings INT’s all day!!!!!!

  12. Blah blah blah, this is all I read anymore. The comments from others are getting boring now and are all the same. Oh wait. It’s always been like that. We know the Vikings defence is playing like garbage, we know AP has a fumbling problem. But things can change, for better or worse. For our and your teams. So I’d be more concerned with yours come game day than the Vikings and we should do the same.

  13. Insomniac says:
    Interesting rule. New England made a mistake cutting Titus Adams earlier in the week. The Browns wouldn’t have been able to put a waiver claim on him today.
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    yeah, cuz he’s such a difference maker that most Pat’s fans didn’t even know he was with the team.

  14. The Packers certainly would not sign him, based on Thompson’s track record.
    You have to wonder how productive McK is if the Saints – not exactly a powerhouse defense – would be willing to risk not being able to re-sign him.

  15. Richm2256 says:
    January 2, 2010 8:10 PM
    Insomniac says:
    Interesting rule. New England made a mistake cutting Titus Adams earlier in the week. The Browns wouldn’t have been able to put a waiver claim on him today.
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    yeah, cuz he’s such a difference maker that most Pat’s fans didn’t even know he was with the team.
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    About as much of a difference maker as you lame ass Pats fans are, given that NO ONE SINGLE Pats players even knows or cares who YOU ALL ARE.
    LMFAO!!!
    Oh yeah, and the Pats STILL haven’t beaten ONE SINGLE GOOD TEAM this entire season and they won’t the rest of the way.

  16. I remember another washed up CB. This CB was cast away from a team that was going no where.
    His name is charles woodson.
    McKenzie left GB because of sherman. He still has fans and friends in GB and on the team. I believe he can and will be a quality player for whoever picks him up.
    Fact is that woodson needs help babysitting bush. Having a veteran like McKenzie around would be helpful.
    Jared bush get lit up at least 3-4 times a game. Credit that he is playing on every squad aside from offense, They are asking alot of him. He needs some help.

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