Despite speculation to the contrary, quarterback Vince Young and receiver Roy Williams will not be placed on waivers before joining their new teams.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Young, previously a starter with the Tennessee Titans, reached a one-year deal with the Eagles on Thursday, according to a source close to the quarterback.
Williams, the former Cowboys and Lions starter, agreed to terms with the Bears on Friday, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
Here is an explanation from the league. There are no changes to the waivers with transition rules as it applies to these guys and other vested veterans.
“Nothing has changed,” said a league spokesman. “A player with four or more pension credits is terminated. A player with less than four pension credits is placed on waivers and goes through a 24-hour claiming period prior to his contract either terminating, if not claims are filed, or being awarded to a team that put in a claim. Notwithstanding a press release by a club announcing the release of the player, a player or his agent cannot be contacted by another club prior to the player appearing on a personnel notice as a termination.”