ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Baltimore Ravens are expected to find out the value of their league-maximum four compensatory picks at this week's NFL owners meetings.
The Ravens netted four comp picks because they had four of their unrestricted free agents sign elsewhere in 2014, and they didn't sign an unrestricted free agent from another team before June 1. The Ravens' four comp picks will come from losing safety Ed Reed, linebacker Paul Kruger, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and cornerback Cary Williams.
Safety Bernard Pollard won't net a comp pick because he was cut, and the Ravens' signings (Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty, Michael Huff and Marcus Spears) won't count against them because all of those free agents were released. Compensatory picks are only for players who leave after their contracts have ended. Middle linebacker Daryl Smith was an unrestricted free agent last year, but the Ravens signed him after June 1.
The Ravens' best-case scenario for comp picks is one in the third round (Kruger), two in the fourth round (Ellerbe and Williams) and one in the fifth round (Reed). The worst case is one in the fourth (Kruger), two in the fifth (Ellerbe and Williams) and one in the seventh (Reed).