FORT LAUDERDALE -- The NFL spring meeting wraps up on Wednesday, and one area owners are expected to address is the waiver process in the offseason.
The Patriots' current situation highlights how a possible change could impact teams.
As it currently stands, teams are granted priority on offseason waiver claims if they have a worse record from the previous year than another team that claims the same player.
For example, if the Patriots (11-5) and Chargers (8-8) both claimed the same player on waivers this offseason, the Chargers would get the player's rights, even though the Chargers made the playoffs and the Patriots didn't.
Owners will consider changing that under a new rule proposal.
The proposal under consideration would have the offseason waiver priority factor in playoff berths, basing it off first-round draft order.
For the first time starting in 2010, the 12 teams which make the playoffs will draft 21-32. The non-playoff teams draft 1-20 based on record. First-round draft order used to be solely based on record.
While it is a minor rule in scope, the Patriots have utilized the waiver wire to find productive players. Offensive tackle Mark LeVoir is the lone player on the current roster who was claimed on waivers.