Denver tries, but misses out on O'Connell

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Josh McDaniels will not be reunited with quarterback Kevin O’Connell.

But McDaniels tried.

Denver put a waiver claim on the quarterback, who was cut by New England on Monday. He was a third-round pick in 2008. McDaniels, who was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator last year, played a hand in O’Connell’s selection and was high on him last season.

It was no surprise that Denver claimed O’Connell. But they had no chance of getting him. Detroit was awarded O’Connell. Cleveland and the New York Jets also put a claim on him.

The NFL waiver claim system is based on the order of records. Currently, the system is based on the 2008 win/loss record. Detroit had the highest priority in the league. Had the Lions not put a claim on O’Connell, Cleveland would have been awarded him before Denver.

It was a bit of a surprise that Kansas City didn’t put a claim on O’Connell. New Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli was with the Patriots last year.