AFC West: 2014 compensatory picks

A year after receiving one compensatory pick for the NFL draft, and two years after being awarded three, the Oakland Raiders were shut out for 2014, it was announced Monday afternoon at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando.

Thirteen teams received compensatory picks, which were doled out starting at the end of the third round and through the end of the seventh round. Comp picks are awarded based on a formula that takes into account free agents lost and free agents signed, as well as salaries, playing time and postseason awards.

For example, the Raiders lost unrestricted free agents to other teams such as Desmond Bryant, Matt Shaughnessy and Philip Wheeler while signing UFA’s like Nick Roach, Tracy Porter and Rashad Jennings.

Per the NFL’s release, the Raiders “did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year but qualified for a compensatory pick because the compensatory free agents lost by the club were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified points differential based upon salary and playing time). Because such picks are awarded after all compensatory picks at the end of the seventh round have been made, Oakland’s pick effectively ranked 36th among all compensatory picks, so the club will not receive a selection.”

That’s because only 32 comp picks were awarded total and were divided among 13 teams, with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets each receiving four comp picks.

As such, the Raiders still hold draft picks in the first (No. 5 overall), second (No. 36) and third rounds (No. 67). Oakland now knows where its other picks reside -- in the fourth (No. 107) and seventh rounds (No. 219 and No. 235, from the Arizona Cardinals in the Carson Palmer trade).

The Raiders’ fifth-round pick went to the Seattle Seahawks for Matt Flynn (No. 146 overall) last year and their sixth-round pick went to the Houston Texans for Matt Schaub (No. 181) last week.

Since comp picks were first awarded in 1994, the Raiders have had 17.

No compensatory pick for Broncos

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Denver Broncos had held out a small hope to get at least one compensatory pick for the annual selection weekend, but the league did not agree with that math.

The NFL released its list of compensatory draft picks Monday -- 13 teams were awarded 32 picks in all -- and the Broncos didn’t make the complicated mathematical cut. This year’s compensatory picks were awarded based on signings and losses in free agency before the 2013 season.

Wes Welker, Terrance Knighton, Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were among the players signed by the Broncos a year ago with Vasquez having been named an All-Pro this past season and all five going on to be starters. Cornerback Tracy Porter, who went on to be a 16-game starter for the Oakland Raiders, and safety Jim Leonhard were among the team’s biggest free agency losses.

The team's biggest departure was defensive end Elvis Dumervil, but since he was under contract when he was released by the Broncos following the well-publicized fax fiasco, he does not count as a loss in free agency. Players whose contracts have expired are considered in the math.

At the moment the Broncos have seven draft picks, one in each of the seven rounds.

Indeed, no comp picks for Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs were indeed not awarded any compensatory draft picks by the NFL, which handed out picks today to certain teams for their transactions in unrestricted free agency last year. The Chiefs signed far more players than they lost last year, so it wasn't a surprise they were shut out.

But the Chiefs should receive picks next season based on this year's activity in unrestricted free agency. The NFL will no doubt see what the Chiefs lost (Dexter McCluster, Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz, Tyson Jackson, Akeem Jordan, Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps) is greater than what they gained (Vance Walker, Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Mays, Chris Owens).

That doesn't help the Chiefs this year, of course. It's a deep draft but the Chiefs will have only one of the top 86 picks. Their second-round pick is in the possession of the San Francisco 49ers. The pick went to San Francisco as part of last year's Alex Smith trade.

That's why the Chiefs need to be aggressive when it comes to trading for additional picks.

As a reminder, the Chiefs have six picks this year. They have their own pick in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. They have an additional pick in the sixth round that came from the Dallas Cowboys as part of last year's trade that sent Edgar Jones to the Cowboys.

The Chiefs have no pick in the second or seventh rounds. Their seventh-round pick went to the Cowboys as part of the Jones trade.
For a second straight season, the San Diego Chargers were not awarded a compensatory pick for the 2014 NFL draft.

The NFL announced that 13 teams received a total of 32 compensatory selections for the draft.

Check out the details here.

According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than acquired in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

Usually, the number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

San Diego has had 18 compensatory picks since 1994, the first year the NFL began awarding compensatory selections.

So the Chargers will have seven picks in the upcoming draft -- one in each round. Here’s the full list.

First round (1) -- No. 25 overall
Second round (1) – No. 57 overall
Third round (1) – No. 89 overall
Fourth round (1) – No. 25
Fifth round (1) – No. 25
Sixth round (1) – No. 25
Seventh round (1) – No. 25

Here’s a list of San Diego’s compensatory selections since 2004. Only one player, linebacker Andrew Gachkar, remains with the team.

2012 – RB Edwin Baker
2011 – OL Stephen Schilling, LB Andrew Gachkar
2010 – QB Jonathan Crompton
2007 – LB Anthony Waters
2004 – OL Carlos Joseph

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