Friday, March 25, 2011
Miami, Buffalo gain compensatory picks
The NFL assigned a grand total of two compensatory draft picks to the AFC East this year.
The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills each are the recipients of a shiny seventh-round choice. The Dolphins get the 234th overall selection and the Bills get the 244th.
Compensatory picks were announced Friday. The New England Patriots and New York Jets got zippo.
Compensatory draft choices are awarded through a closely guarded formula of free agents lost and acquired the previous offseason. If a team signs more or better free agents than it loses, compensatory picks aren't given.
Miami lost cornerback Nate Jones and outside linebacker Jason Taylor, but signed inside linebacker Karlos Dansby.
Buffalo lost receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed and defensive end Ryan Denney. They signed defensive end Dwan Edwards and linebacker Andra Davis.
Since compensatory picks were first awarded in 1994, New England leads the division with 25 of them. Quarterback Tom Brady is the most famous -- the 199th pick in 2000.
Buffalo is next with 25 compensatory picks, followed by Miami with 15 and New York with five.