The Memorial Day holiday came at a good time for the Washington Redskins.
The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday that they were going to waive defensive end Erasmus James. However, due to the fact that it was the Memorial Day weekend, the league office was closed. The waivers could not be finalized until 4 PM Eastern time on Tuesday. That seemed to be a mere technicality.
According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, however, several teams contacted the Vikings and James' agent about making a possible waiver claim. The Redskins were one of those teams, but since priority for claims is given in reverse order of last year's won-loss record (just like the draft), 20 other teams would have a shot at James before the Skins be able to secure him. It was apparent that wasn't going to happen.
When the Redskins raised the possibility of giving the Vikings some conditional compensation for James, the Vikings were able to rescind the move.
Rookie free agent defensive end Dorian Smith was released to make room for James on the roster.