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Will Dolphins get compensatory pick(s)?

3/17/2014

The Miami Dolphins already are having a busy offseason. They made several key free-agent signings -- such as left tackle Branden Albert and cornerback Cortland Finnegan -- and traded embattled right tackle Jonathan Martin to the San Francisco 49ers.

But will Miami get an extra boost in the NFL draft?

The Dolphins will learn sometime next week if they will gain an extra draft pick (or two or three?) during the NFL’s Owners Meetings in Orlando. Although not an exact science, compensatory draft picks are awarded to teams who lost more quality free agents than gained the previous year.

Will the Dolphins gain extra an extra pick? Here is a look at Miami’s offseason in 2013 and you decide:

Key free agents lost

Key free agents gained

The Dolphins lost some big names. But they also spent more than $200 million in free-agent contracts last season. That probably rules out their chance of landing extra draft picks from the NFL.

The Dolphins cut other key contributors last year such as kicker Dan Carpenter and linebacker Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett. But those players were under contract for Miami in 2013 and released. They do not factor into the NFL’s compensatory formula.

ESPN.com’s Dolphins blog will be in Orlando, Fla., next week for the NFL's Owners Meetings to bring you all the latest on Miami and the rest of the league.