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Bills in prime spot to receive 2016 compensatory draft picks

The NFL will announce its list of compensatory selections for the 2015 draft later this month, and the Buffalo Bills aren't likely to receive any extra picks.

That's because the Bills -- despite losing safety Jairus Byrd to the New Orleans Saints last spring -- gained more unrestricted free agents in the 2014 offseason than they lost.

The story could be different this spring.

Here is how the Bills' 2015 free-agent balance sheet has filled out to this point:

Unrestricted free-agent gains: FB Jerome Felton, QB Tyrod Taylor

Unrestricted free-agent losses: RB C.J. Spiller (Saints), TE Lee Smith (Raiders), G Erik Pears (49ers), S Da'Norris Searcy (Titans)

The Bills' signings of guard Richie Incognito and wide receiver Percy Harvin don't count against the compensatory-draft-choice formula because both players were released by their former teams.

Assuming the Bills don't add more unrestricted free agents and tip their balance sheet in favor of their gains, they could be in line for multiple 2016 compensatory draft choices.

The NFL awards those picks as high as the end of the third round. Spiller's four-year, $18 million contract and Searcy's four-year, $24 million deal could net the Bills mid-round 2016 picks if the Bills avoid signing more unrestricted free agents this spring.