NFL Nation: 2013 compensatory picks

Redskins receive no extra picks

March, 24, 2014
The Redskins received no compensatory draft picks, putting them in line with the majority of NFL teams. Only 13 teams received compensatory picks, the league announced Monday.

The formula is based on players lost and gained in free agency the previous season. Washington lost Lorenzo Alexander. He was a Pro Bowl special teamer for them, but not a full-time player from scrimmage. He only played parts of three games for Arizona before suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury. The Redskins signed cornerback E.J. Biggers.

According to the NFL’s release, “a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks…. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.”

Dallas received three compensatory picks, all in the seventh round. The New York Giants received a fifth-round selection.

Philadelphia did not get any. Baltimore and the New York Jets tied for most received with four.

Washington has received only 12 compensatory draft choices since the NFL started awarding them in 1994. Only New Orleans, Denver, Houston and Cleveland have received fewer.
The Titans have traditionally not been especially active in free agency.

So even without a compensatory pick as the result of free agent losses from 2013, they still rank as one of the top teams in overall compensatory gains in the system.

From 1994 through 2014, the Oilers/Titans have been awarded 30 picks, tied for the third-most in the NFL.

The NFL awards an extra round worth of compensatory picks each spring based on a formula that measures free-agent gains and losses from the previous season.

The Titans were big shoppers last season, bringing in 12 free agents in the spring and summer headlined by guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, defensive tackle Sammie Hill and safeties George Wilson and Bernard Pollard.

Their losses were minimal beyond tight end Jared Cook (St. Louis) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (Jacksonville).

Tennessee didn't expect a pick in this year's compensatory selections and the formula did what the Titans expected. Houston got three, but Jacksonville and Indianapolis also got none in the AFC South.