Monday, November 1, 2010
Where's your team in NFL waiver order?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- To analyze the likelihood of your favorite team being awarded Randy Moss through waivers, it's a good idea to know the waiver order.
The order is determined by win-loss records, and AFC East teams are at each end of the process.
The winless Buffalo Bills have pole position because they own the worst record.
All it would take for Buffalo to render the waiver process moot would be a phone call from owner Ralph Wilson, but the Bills would have to pick up about $3.4 million of Moss' contract.
The New England Patriots are last in the order because they're 6-1. There's no point in putting in a claim if they want Moss back. If he passes by 31 other teams, then the Patriots might as well let him become a free agent and sign him to a cheaper contract.
The Patriots traded Moss to the Vikings a few weeks ago for a third-round draft choice. Boston Herald reporter Ian R. Rapoport jokingly asked Belichick if the Vikings had called to ask for their draft pick back.
"You know I can't comment on the status of any of the other players in the league or any other transactions or anything like that," said Belichick, clearly amused.
Comcast SportsNet New England columnist Tom E. Curran tried a follow-up hypothetical question about Moss going unclaimed.
"If the moon were made of Swiss cheese," Belichick interjected.
A likelier AFC East destination is South Florida.
The Miami Dolphins are 18th in line. If they hope to get Moss, then they'll need none of those 17 teams ahead of them -- the No. 10 San Diego Chargers, No. 16 Seattle Seahawks and No. 17 Chicago Bears could use receiver help -- to put in a claim.
The No. 5 Denver Broncos might feel like they still have a shot in the wacky AFC West. Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator when Moss and Tom Brady smashed records in 2007.
The New York Jets are 30th.