The San Francisco 49ers have a 53-man roster in place, but as 9 a.m. PT approaches, there is a good chance that group changes. All players that have three or fewer accrued seasons are subject to waivers, and with the number of young players cut on Friday and Saturday, there will be hundreds of players available for claiming.
The waiver wire process gives the remaining 31 teams an opportunity to claim a player another team has released. Players with at least four accrued seasons (on full pay status for at least six games in a season) are not subject to waivers and can sign anywhere immediately.
The waiver wire order through Week 3 of the regular season is based on the previous year’s draft order. After Week 3, it is based on current record. That means the 49ers hold the No. 2 waiver priority. The Cleveland Browns have No. 1 waiver priority, and can claim as many players as they want. Any players they don’t claim are then available to the 49ers.
However, this also means the 49ers will have to cut one of their players to make room. Given the state of the 49ers roster, odds are pretty good they claim at least one or two players today. Waivers runs at 9 a.m. PT, at which point word will start to leak out as to who has successfully claimed what players.
In the coming days we’ll do some roster comparisons to last season, and take a look at how roster projections went. But I would prefer to wait until after waivers runs and we get a better idea of what the 49ers roster will actually look like for Week 1.