Tanner Vallejo shows the value of Cardinals having first waiver claim

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The Cardinals claimed linebacker Tanner Vallejo off waivers on Tuesday, getting a player that several other teams wanted — and showing the value of having the first pick in the waiver order.

During the offseason, the waiver order is the same as the draft order, so the Cardinals, holding the first overall pick, also have the first choice of any player waived by any other team. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, a lot of other teams wanted Vallejo: The Jets, Giants, Bengals, Vikings and Chargers all put in waiver claims on Vallejo.

The types of players who go on waivers aren’t usually great players, but they’re often talented young players who come with cheap salaries. Vallejo is 24 years old, good enough that he’s been able to play in 28 games so far in his career, and under contract at very affordable salaries of $645,000 this year and $735,000 next year, with nothing guaranteed. Players like that strengthen the bottom of the roster, and when the Cardinals go into camp, their 90-man roster should have plenty of players they got off waivers that other teams wanted, too.

The Cardinals will keep the first waiver claim throughout the offseason, into training camp and the preseason, and to the start of the regular season. If they make smart moves with waiver claims, they’ve got a significant edge over the rest of the league.

18 responses to “Tanner Vallejo shows the value of Cardinals having first waiver claim

  1. So just monitor the players winning teams put waiver claims in for, and then steal that player. The Cardinals have the right to take peoples’ groceries off of conveyor belts because they see things other people are choosing that they like and want to buy.

  2. Am I missing something here? Couldn’t those teams have aquired Vallejo with a 7th round pick? They must not have thought that much of him.

  3. Did I read that the Cardinals keep the #1 waiver wire spot all off-season? That seems weird at first glance……. maybe I am reading this wrong? You think it would see them go to the bottom after making a selection?

  4. thisistheendifyouletit says:
    February 6, 2019 at 5:40 am
    So just monitor the players winning teams put waiver claims in for, and then steal that player. The Cardinals have the right to take peoples’ groceries off of conveyor belts because they see things other people are choosing that they like and want to buy.
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    I could be wrong but I believe waiver claims are “blind.” Nobody knows who put in claims on a guy until the claim is actually awarded. Again, I could be wrong but that’s my understanding at the moment.

  5. If he was so great and cheap why did the Bills let him go? You have first pick of other teams cast offs so it may or may not work out.

  6. Arizona is just churning the very bottom of their roster. Vallejo is a solid depth pick-up that’s about it. The real excitement comes next month when the new league years kicks off & free agency opens allowing Arizona to add some real talent to their roster w/ Arizona set to have over $70M+ in cap space once they release a couple of tholder no longer productive players whom wont be back for 2019 & they restructure a few of their highest paid players deals which wont be hard as no one is taking a pay cut they will just convert salary into a bonus & spread the resulting cap hit over the remaining years of the deal.
    Once free agency kicks off the Cardinals will definitely be one of the most aggressive teams on the market this season ready drastically improve the roster overall esp the offense both in F/A & the NFL Draft with Arizona possessing 12 draft picks this season w/ the 1st overall pick in all 7 rounds w/ two extra 4ths (Three 4th’s total), two extra 6th’s (three total 6ths) and an extra 7th. Hopefully Arizona can trade out of the 1st overall RD1 pick going back a few spots while getting a 1st, 2nd,3rd this year & a 1st & 4th next year. Either way Arizona’s roster will be drastically improved in 2019 w/ a far improved/better offensive line in front of QB Josh Rosen & a far supporting cast around him w/ 2-3 new WR’s and a receiving TE added thru both F/A & the draft with all the resources Arizona has to turn their offense around.

  7. “If they make smart moves with waiver claims, they’ve got a significant edge over the rest of the league.”
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    If they made smart moves they likely would not have the #1 pick this year. Or a top 10 pick most years since forever…

  8. thudsp says:
    February 6, 2019 at 9:38 am
    If he was so great and cheap why did the Bills let him go? You have first pick of other teams cast offs so it may or may not work out.
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    He was claimed off waivers from the Browns.

  9. Everybody so shocked to find out that the team that has 1st pick in draft also has 1st bids on waiver claims ALL off season. Thats because the Factory of Sadness in Cleveland has had dibs on that distinction for about 6 years running, and nobody else has had the opportunity to have 1 off season.

  10. Cut by the Bills and Browns and now on his 3rd team in a year, graded out a dreadful 42.4 when he got a few snaps on defense.

    This is the kind of “Talented young player” that gives the Cards a “significant edge”?

    Of course it’s an advantage to have waiver claim priority, but let’s not pretend a borderline special teams J.A.G. is a difference maker. Sheesh.

  11. A 2017 5th or 6th rounder of the Bills who made the team as a special Teamer, unable to crack the final roster in2018 thus, let go by the Bills, claimed bythe Browns. Tough kid just not big/fast enough to play LB. The only advantage here is price and only price. Signing players who are limited to Special Teams will not impact your roster, unless you have more expensive dead wood to replace. So having first crack at waiver claims is only a financial advantage.

  12. orangecrush78 says:
    February 6, 2019 at 8:05 am
    Did I read that the Cardinals keep the #1 waiver wire spot all off-season? That seems weird at first glance……. maybe I am reading this wrong? You think it would see them go to the bottom after making a selection?
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    I literally thought the same thing – is that true? The Cards have the 1st crack at EVERY player that gets waived all off-season? That seems really odd and I’d think that they would drop to the end of the list if they “won” the waiver rights to a player.

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