Monday, March 24, 2014
As expected, no extra picks for the Bears
By Rob Demovsky
Only nine NFL teams have received fewer compensatory draft picks than the Chicago Bears since the system of awarding extra picks was implemented in 1994.
And that won't change this year.
The Bears were not given any additional selections in the upcoming draft. Not that they were expecting any.
Compensatory picks are based on the previous offseason's net losses in free agency. In 2013, they offset their major free-agent losses -- guard Jermon Bushrod (who signed with the New Orleans Saints) and linebacker Nick Roach (Oakland Raiders) -- by signing free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett to a four-year, $20.4 million contract.
Since 1994, the Bears have received 17 compensatory picks. Only Arizona (16), Kansas City (15), Carolina (14), the New York Jets (13), Washington (12), New Orleans (10), Denver (nine), Houston (nine) and Cleveland (six) have received fewer.
On Monday at the NFL annual meetings in Orlando, Fla., a total of 13 teams received 32 compensatory picks for this year's draft.
The Bears have seven selections in the upcoming draft. They own their own picks in each of the first six rounds and also have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' sixth-round pick, which they acquired in the trade for guard Gabe Carimi. They do not have their seventh-round pick, which they traded to the Dallas Cowboys for tight end Dante Rosario.