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Monday, March 23, 2009
Patriots gain three compensatory draft picks


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The New England Patriots keep gaining assets.

The NFL on Monday announced at its annual owners' meeting that 32 compensatory draft picks have been awarded to 16 teams. The Patriots received the highest selection at 97th overall.

The Patriots also obtained extra fifth- and sixth-round picks, giving them 11 selections throughout the draft.

New England owns six selections within the first 97 slots: Nos. 23, 34, 47, 58, 89 and 97.

The Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets didn't receive any compensatory picks.

The NFL awards compensatory draft choices based on a formula of free agents lost and acquired the previous offseason. If a team signs more or better free agents than it loses, compensatory picks aren't given.

New England last offseason lost cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Randall Gay and receiver Donte Stallworth without signing any free agents of significance.