Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
I hope you're right. I admit I know zilch about the practice squad player-stealing business. But if I was an NFL GM I would be watching Okoye like a hawk. Hard for me to believe the other 31 aren't.
EDIT: I hope you're wrong about him not blowing everyone away, earning a roster spot, and becoming a star this year. But, provided that's too optimistic and PS is his ceiling this year, I hope you're right about our hold on him being safe!
1. Before Okoye can be assigned to the team's practice he has to released and placed on a 24-hour waiver list. If he clears waivers, if no team signs him, the 49er can assign him to the practice squad.
If a team claims Okoye on waivers the claiming team has to put him on their 53-man roster for three weeks
Even if the team releases him before that three weeks has ended, the player will be counted a member of the 53-man roster for the full three weeks.
The acquiring team would, as I understand it, would have to waive him before they could assign him to their practice squad.
Okoye would have to clear waivers again.
2. If Okoye clears waivers and is assigned to our practice squad another team can make him an offer, but he has the right to accept or reject their offer.
The 49ers can sweeten the pot. They can pay Okoye anything that they want as long his salary is above scale. His salary will, however, count against the cap.
If I remember correctly, last year the practice squad members traveled with the team, even though they could not play in those games.
That paid travel is another benefit not generally available for practice squad players.
3. The 49ers can promote Okoye to the 53-man roster without releasing him and exposing him to a waiver claim.
But, once he is on the 53-man he can not be sent back to practice squad without being released and placed on waivers.
4. The rules for eligibility are somewhat complicated, but in Okoye's case it is simple. He is practice squad eligible.
[ Edited by buck on May 13, 2013 at 12:45 AM ]