Mark Ingram, Robert Griffin III won’t be eligible to play for another team until 2021 season (if claimed)

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With the Ravens waiving running back Mark Ingram on Tuesday and quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday, some have wondered whether either player could be claimed on waivers by one of the remaining playoff teams.

The answer is no.

Teams can waive players now. However, the waiver claims aren’t processed until after the Super Bowl.

So why waive them now, when they can simply be released after the Super Bowl? Per a league source, some players have asked to be waived, thinking that someone may claim their contracts. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a reputation with veterans that the Ravens will put you on the market quickly and not squat on your contract rights.

For Ingram, no team is going to claim the $5 million contract of a running back on the wrong side of 30. And if a team were willing to do that, that team possibly would pay more to sign Ingram on the open market — especially if other teams were trying to sign him.

Regardless, none of the final four teams will have the ability to claim Ingram’s contract for the conference championship games or the Super Bowl.

That said, if/when Ingram or other waived players pass through waivers, they can be signed for this weekend or for the Super Bowl, by one of the teams still alive in the postseason.

9 responses to “Mark Ingram, Robert Griffin III won’t be eligible to play for another team until 2021 season (if claimed)

  1. Not activating Mark Ingram for the Bills game cost the Ravens bigtime. What’s saving a couple of million for possible injury settlement nowadays? It’s watching the AFC Championship at home,that’s what.

  2. Why were the Packers allowed to get Veldheer without waiting. And why wasn’t he under quarantine considering he was coming from outside the team. Packer favoritism yet again. Any other team, the player would’ve been required to quarantine. Just like free agents this year

  3. It’s exactly the reason as the article says. For veterans who arent superstars with decisions on bonus money due early in the league year it allows them on the market 1st and puts goodwill between the team and the agent.

  4. jbear4525 says:
    January 19, 2021 at 11:36 am
    Why were the Packers allowed to get Veldheer without waiting. And why wasn’t he under quarantine considering he was coming from outside the team. Packer favoritism yet again. Any other team, the player would’ve been required to quarantine. Just like free agents this year
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    He is allowed to sign with Green Bay because he was on the Colts’ practice squad and was elevated only for the Colts’ playoff game Saturday and not signed to the 53-man roster. He did miss time due to COVID 19 restrictions. Was not allowed to play in PAckers playoff game vs the Rams. A little research goes a long way instead of just crying “conspiracy”

  5. Veldheer was a Covid practice squad signing. Anyone could have done it. Because he was on a practice squad, therefore in the building every day, and had just been on an active roster, therefore just tested negative for a week, and was within driving distance of the new team, no quarantine required,per 2020 protocols. Anyone within 600 mes of Indianapolis could have signed him.

  6. Seems like a reasonable theory but one would think if you don’t want my services anymore why couldn’t I choose to go anywhere I want when I want.

  7. Barely a mention of RGIII in the article and none at all in the comment section. No team that has had him has made any real attempt to resign him. If he works hard at studying the art and craft of quarterbacking he may become. Josh McCowan or a Fitzpatrick, a high end backup/shot-term-starter. But that’s the ceiling for him.

  8. scottdcp says:
    January 19, 2021 at 12:23 pm
    Veldheer was a Covid practice squad signing. Anyone could have done it. Because he was on a practice squad, therefore in the building every day, and had just been on an active roster, therefore just tested negative for a week, and was within driving distance of the new team, no quarantine required,per 2020 protocols. Anyone within 600 mes of Indianapolis could have signed him

    The 600 miles argument is bad. Let’s say the Rams signed him. How would it be fair for Packers to sign and play him but but LA?

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