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Friday, March 25, 2011
AFC West: Comp picks for everyone

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The four AFC West teams were among the 23 NFL clubs that will divvy up the 32 compensatory picks that were released by the league Friday evening.

San Diego received two comp picks. Denver, Kansas City and Oakland each received one comp pick. San Diego received sixth-and-seventh-round comp picks. The Chargers will get No. 201 and No. 233. Kansas City gets a sixth-round comp pick. It is No. 199. Oakland will get No. 240 in the seventh round and Denver gets No. 246.

Per the rules, a team losing more or better comp picks than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive comp picks. San Diego lost free-agents Brandon Manumaleuna and Kassim Osgood. Kansas City lost Wade Smith.

Oakland was given a comp pick even though it did not have a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents the Raiders lost were ranked higher than the free agents they signed. According to the league it’s based on a specified point differential that is based upon salary and performance.

Denver was one of 11 teams to be given a comp pick at the end of the seventh and final round to bring the total number of comp picks to 32, equaling the number of NFL teams.

The comp rules are complicated, but the bottom line, each team in the division now has extra firepower. Comp picks cannot be traded.