|The grim reaper…||08.26.08 at 2:55 pm ET|
Bill Belichick remembers what it was like to deliver bad news. Tuesday was the first of two cut days this week in the NFL.
Belichick, way back when in 1975 as an assistant to Ted Marchibroda with the Baltimore Colts, had the ugliest of ugly jobs.
“I think everyone knew at that time that I wasn’t the one making the decision,” Belichick said. “I wasn’t really the one telling them but when they saw me it was bad news. They knew that. They knew if I was in the area that didn’t boat well for them. If I wasn’t in the area then the coast was clear.”
The coast wasn’t clear for three on Tuesday as FB Kyle Eckel, CB Jason Webster and OL Ryan Wendell, were shown the door along with two other players Stephen Neal (PUP) and Ryan O’Callaghan (IR) who were placed on some form of injury list to cut the roster to 75.
Another cut will come on Saturday when 23 players have to be released to cut the roster down to 53 in time for opening day.
Belichick loves to explain the intricacies of the NFL, including how players clear waivers and he did so on Tuesday.
The following is NFL cut week 101 from Professor Belichick: “If the player is vested than he terminates immediately, there is no waiver period until, I think it is the fourth week of the regular season. There becomes a claiming period. If any team was to release a vested veteran now, he would terminate immediately, he would be an immediate free agent and there is no claiming. If the player is not vested he would go to the team that claims him. He has no option, he has no say in it. The procedure over (this) weekend, the cut to 53, is due Saturday at 4pm. Then Sunday, at noon, the league will notify the teams if any of their players were claimed. If they weren’t claimed, then Sunday at noon when those players who are vested are terminated, they have practice squad eligibility. Then they would be able to resign with the team on the practice squad at noon or thereabouts on Sunday.”
Study up. Test next week. Final exam Sept. 7.
As for me, the next two days will be a whirlwind. Tomorrow morning, it’s a 4 a.m. wakeup call for drive down to New York for the media game, followed by the last two Red Sox-Yankees regular season games ever at the House that Ruth Built. Then on Thursday, your intrepid reporter will be fighting cross-town traffic over the George Washington Bridge toward the Meadowlands and the Patriots-Giants 7:30 p.m. tilt.
Wish me luck.
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