Monday, March 24, 2014
Jets receive four compensatory picks
By Rich Cimini
The New York Jets, who suffered significant free-agent losses last offseason, received the maximum number of compensatory picks for the upcoming draft -- four selections, the NFL announced Monday.
They will receive one fourth-round pick (No. 137 overall) and three in the sixth round (Nos. 209, 210, 213). The Jets have 12 picks in what many experts are calling the deepest draft in years.
The Jets have a total of three picks in the fourth round -- their own choice, the compensatory pick and the pick they received in the Darrelle Revis trade. Although compensatory picks can't be traded, the glut of fourth-rounders gives them added flexibility to wheel and deal.
Did someone say DeSean Jackson?
This is the Jets' reward for last year's "Rexodus," when fans and media were criticizing general manager John Idzik for allowing established players to walk out the door in free agency. Now all they have to do is maximize the opportunity by ... you know, not drafting bad players.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. A total of 32 comp picks were handed out to 13 teams, including four in the third round. The Jets' fourth-rounder came from Landry, who signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jets' free-agent losses: Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, LaRon Landry and Matt Slauson.
Their free-agent gains: Antwan Barnes and Mike Goodson.