I'm so on board with this! I've been really liking that guy since before the draft, and I remember though we disagreed on Mauia, we were eye to eye on Tuff. Did he clear waivers for us? If so I'm really surprised. All that matters is he's here now, who knows, maybe his block springs Ted for a TD that doesn't get called back?
Or maybe he just knocks the snot outta somebody on a coverage unit :-)
Everyone that is on your practice squad has cleared waivers. Then they are resigned to the practice squad (totally new contract).
If the team who has them on their 'P-S' moves them to the 53, they don't have to clear waivers at that time. Whoever comes off the '53' at that time .... must clear waivers before you could re-sign them on your practice squad, like say, Kerry Reed. If they felt the need for an extra safety, and felt they could get by for a couple of weeks with one less WR, they'd have to release Reed. If nobody put in a claim, they could resign him to the practice squad.
Remember, if a team puts in a claim for someone you've released, they are claiming his contract as it is ! So if a guy you released was being paid an abnormal amount for whatever reason, he may well go unclaimed. Once he clears .... his contract is voided, and he then is a total free agent, and free to deal with whoever he wants to.
Obviously it's much easier to get a guy you really want to keep in tow, through waivers at the last cut-down, as teams have no 'new pressing needs' at that very moment.
The time frame for releasing a guy, him clearing waivers, and then being resigned to the practice squad, is like 48 or 72 hours I believe. You just don't have as much time to look at any preseason game film (too many guys being 'dumped into the pool' at one time) and see what he'd done in those games.
Each team will thoroughly study every other team's 'cut-down' lists for someone they'd had their eye on going into the draft, if a name 'sticks out'(perfect example was that Moses guy that was released by Oakland after being a 3rd or 4th round pick) they will immediately have the pro scouting staff examine all preseason game film he played in, and see if he's a guy they may be interested in.
Moses was claimed by Arizona (meaning they owned the contract Oakland had signed him to) if memory serves, then a few weeks later was re-released.
At that point nobody claimed that contract (Oakland would have already forked over the bonus $$ so that would remain in their 'cap') and he was a total free agent.
He stayed there for a few weeks, if I remember right, before the Dolphins signed him.
There must have been some 'issues' at both stops for him to go from 3rd rounder and then nobody feels they can even use him on the practice squad as insurance at NFL minimum??
That said, he's on our 53 now, so hopefully he just had to examine where he was (completely out of football) and realize, oops, I goofed up and need to rededicate myself.