When the Seattle Seahawks released Austin Calitro on Monday, it came as a surprise to many, as shock was expressed by fans, observers and teammates. Not only were the fans who had watched Calitro have a fantastic preseason surprised by the move, teammates were as well.
(@Ayee_See is Calitro’s Twitter handle, for those who are unfamiliar.)
In any case, many Seattle fans certainly expected Calitro to get claimed off the waiver wire, and that is what happened, and why Calitro is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the Jags weren’t the only team that was interested enough in the services of Calitro, as it turns out there were in fact three teams that put in a waiver claim.
A total of three teams tried to claim former Seahawks LB Austin Calitro off of waivers: the Jaguars, Bengals and Broncos. Jacksonville had top priority based off of its 2018 record.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 4, 2019
So, not only did the Jaguars attempt to get the rights to Calitro, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos also put in claims. Now, what is interesting is that all three of those teams drafted in the top eleven, and as waiver claim priority is the same as draft position for the first three weeks of the season, it means that nearly thirty percent of the teams that drafted in the top eleven put in a claim for Calitro. In addition, if other clubs which had later waiver priority were certain that any wavier claim wouldn’t be successful because a team ahead of them had put in a claim, it wouldn’t be a surprise if other GMs had passed on the opportunity to put in a claim based on their knowledge of a another team’s claim.
In short, Calitro used the preseason to put on a show, and possibly as a result of how he performed during the preseason he’s no longer a member of the Seahawks. Here’s to the best of luck to Calitro with his new team in 2019.