If the Titans wait until the Monday after cutdowns to sign a player, they presumably can still protect that player starting the next day. Normally teams would be able to sign players off of your practice squad if they wanted, but this new protection prevents that from four players.
Consider these players the “break glass in case of emergency” players that you might need to come in and start, but who may not be great guys to have active on your roster because they are just going to have to be healthy scratches because they don’t play special teams.
Now some players might not agree to do it, but that does give you some very interesting options for players who want to draw a paycheck from the NFL (and who want to be constantly monitored and protected from COVID-19) but who might not have the health to be a full-time starter anymore.
What about guys like Delanie Walker, Cameron Wake, Adam Vinatieri, Stephon Gostkowski, Clay Matthews, Wesley Woodyard, etc.
These guys aren’t likely to get a starting job on a roster at this point in the season anyway. At best they are looking for positions as role players until a team has an injury and they are forced to move someone up the depth chart, right?
Well, all that can still happen in this situation except you get to be paid, stay in shape, and be able to instantly play thanks to being in constant access to free COVID-19 testing.
If the Titans bring back Wesley Woodyard because they love his presence in the locker room and then the New England Patriots reach out about wanting to sign him, great. Ask them how much they want to pay him, give him that deal, move him up to your active roster, and then trade him for a late-round pick.
This is a massive loophole in these news rules that can seemingly be used by the right team to strengthen their depth by adding these emergency players of any age, but that also gives them a chance add draft capital.