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Monday, March 23, 2009
Bears score in compensatory program

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The NFL likes Chicago, too.

On the same day that Green Bay was awarded a pair of national television games for 2009, the Bears received three extra draft choices as part of the league's compensatory program. Included in the haul was a third-round pick, the No. 99 pick overall.

The Bears also will get two additional seventh-round picks, Nos. 246 and 251 overall, to bring their total number of selections in the draft to nine. The additional picks are "compensation" for losing free agents Brendon Ayanbadejo, Bernard Berrian and John Gilmore last year.

Detroit was the only other NFC North team to receive a compensatory pick. The Lions received a seventh-round pick, the No. 255 overall.