NFL roster cuts 2018: Deadlines, cuts tracker, practice squad rules

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The vote to eliminate the first of two traditional roster cut-down periods before the start of last season allowed NFL coaches an extra week or so to evaluate players who were still competing to make their teams. The change gave players some extra time to stake their claims on final, 53-man rosters.

From Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, teams will be tasked with whittling their rosters down to the 53 players they intend to carry into Week 1 of the regular season. The deadline for teams to make their final decisions is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Here is all you need to know about 2018 roster cuts.

NFL roster cuts 2018: Deadline, rules

NFL teams before last year’s rule change cut players before and after their fourth and final preseason games. Now there’s only one cut-down period — after Week 4 preseason games, all of which were scheduled for Thursday night — but teams were able to cut players at will before Thursday.

The deadline for teams to trim their rosters (active/inactive lists) to 53 players is 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Per the NFL: “Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.”

For most teams, if not all of them, this will be a two-day process full of agonizing decisions regarding more than 30 players.

There is a waiver claim period for players who get cut, which ends Sunday at noon ET.

NFL roster cuts 2018: Tracker

(Via NFL transaction wire and media sources; cuts tracker beginning Friday morning and running though Saturday)

Arizona Cardinals

LB Scooby Wright

RB Darius Victor

CB Chris Campbell

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

TE Nick Keizer

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

RB Jarveon Williams

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

P Shane Lechler

RB Terry Swanson

OL Anthony Coyle

DL Kingsley Opara

S Treston Decoud

CB Andre Chachere

K Nick Rose

TE Stephen Anderson

RB Lavon Coleman

OL Jaryd Jones-Smith

S Corey Moore

WR Quan Bray

WR Jester Weah

WR Braxton Miller

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

DL Carroll Phillips

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

K Greg Joseph

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

WR Paul Turner

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

OT Antonio Garcia 

LB Obum Gwacham

DL Xavier Cooper

FB Dimitri Flowers

WR Charles Johnson

OL Gino Gradkowski

OL Darius James

DL Kendall Reyes

LB David Bass

DL Mych Thomas

LB Kevin Minter

Oakland Raiders

WR Griff Whalen

Philadelphia Eagles

TE Billy Brown

TE Gannon Sinclair

OL Jon Toth

QB Christian Hackenberg

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers


Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Charles Sims

DT Nathan Bazata

Tennessee Titans

DB Demontre Hurst

Washington Redskins

NFL practice squads: Deadline, rules

For 320 players, getting cut this week won’t be the end of the road in the NFL, as each team is granted 10 practice squad players in addition to its 53-man roster.

At 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, a full hour after the waiver claim period following roster cuts ends, teams are able establish their 10-man practice squads. Per the NFL: “No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL Player Contract has been terminated via the waiver system.”

An NFL practice squad typically is made up of rookies and undrafted free agents who the team recently cut. Each team can carry up to four veterans — who can have no more than two accrued NFL seasons (six games on 53-man roster qualifies as an accrued season) — on its practice squad, and a player can’t be on a given practice squad for more than three seasons. Practice squad players are not eligible to play in games. Teams can sign players from other teams’ practice squads as long as the players are added to the new teams’ 53-man rosters (active/inactive).

How much do NFL practice squad players make?

Practice squad players in 2018 can earn a minimum of $7,600 per week during the regular season and postseason, per the current CBA, but there is no cap on the amount practice squad players can receive.

The minimum salary for NFL practice squad players has increased and will continue to increase annually for the duration of the current CBA. The minimum weekly practice squad salaries for each year are below.

2011: $5,700
2012: $5,700
2013: $6,000
2014: $6,300
2015: $6,600
2016: $6,900
2017: $7,200
2018: $7,600
2019: $8,000
2020: $8,400

Contributing: Tadd Haislop