You still need to drop/not re-sign 2 of J Stew, Bush, Medy, Moreno, Blount, DeAng, and Dwyer.
No, because if Mendy and Moreno open the season on the pup list, they are IR eligible.
Until they are active in training camp, I can keep them on IR.
Fairly sure that's not the case.
I am not trying to argue, so please take my comments as stating a case instead of being confrontational.
The bylaws state:
Each franchise has the ability to add player(s) to their Injured Reserve list if desired. A player qualifies for the IR by either being on the NFL’s official IR, listed as OUT on the official injury report released each Friday, or listed as DOUBTFUL on the official injury report released each Friday. An owner who keeps a player that does not meet the above criteria on IR will be penalized at the league’s discretion. In-season, any player on IR, who is not eligible for IR, will be dropped from their team's roster.
We don't have to be under the roster limits until a week after the auction. If the auction is earlier than training camp, there might be some confusion, but I think anyone employing this practice with the right intent (as in, the assumption a player will be on pup list) would be protected.
The way I interpret the rule is that anyone on the nfl official IR as out or doubtful is eligible for IR. To put another way, unless a player is suspended or active on game day, the player is eligible for IR.
What I intend to do is place Mendy and Moreno on IR until they are activated off the pup list. In training camp it is not called the pup list, but you get what I mean. So long as they are still eligible for pup, they are eligible for IR. As soon as they are active in training camp they are ineligible for pup and I will activate them.
Technically, there is no penalty until a player is left on the ir when active on game day. However, I am not trying to skirt the rules, just recognize that both of these players are likely to begin the season on pup. Therefore, I don't think there is cause for me to be penalized at the leagues discretion.