NFL Nation: 2014 compensatory picks

A year after receiving one compensatory pick for the NFL draft, and two years after being awarded three, the Oakland Raiders were shut out for 2014, it was announced Monday afternoon at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando.

Thirteen teams received compensatory picks, which were doled out starting at the end of the third round and through the end of the seventh round. Comp picks are awarded based on a formula that takes into account free agents lost and free agents signed, as well as salaries, playing time and postseason awards.

For example, the Raiders lost unrestricted free agents to other teams such as Desmond Bryant, Matt Shaughnessy and Philip Wheeler while signing UFA’s like Nick Roach, Tracy Porter and Rashad Jennings.

Per the NFL’s release, the Raiders “did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year but qualified for a compensatory pick because the compensatory free agents lost by the club were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified points differential based upon salary and playing time). Because such picks are awarded after all compensatory picks at the end of the seventh round have been made, Oakland’s pick effectively ranked 36th among all compensatory picks, so the club will not receive a selection.”

That’s because only 32 comp picks were awarded total and were divided among 13 teams, with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets each receiving four comp picks.

As such, the Raiders still hold draft picks in the first (No. 5 overall), second (No. 36) and third rounds (No. 67). Oakland now knows where its other picks reside -- in the fourth (No. 107) and seventh rounds (No. 219 and No. 235, from the Arizona Cardinals in the Carson Palmer trade).

The Raiders’ fifth-round pick went to the Seattle Seahawks for Matt Flynn (No. 146 overall) last year and their sixth-round pick went to the Houston Texans for Matt Schaub (No. 181) last week.

Since comp picks were first awarded in 1994, the Raiders have had 17.

49ers' complete draft order

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The complete order for the seven-round NFL draft, which will be held May 8-10, has been set. Let’s look at the San Francisco 49ers’ 11 picks:

1. First round: No. 30 overall

2. Second round: No. 56 overall from Kansas City

3. Second round: No. 61 overall

4. Third round: No. 77 overall from Tennessee

5. Third round: No. 94 overall

6. Third round: No. 100 overall compensatory

7. Fourth round: No. 129 overall

8. Fifth round: No. 170 overall.

9. Seventh round: No. 242 overall from New Orleans

10. Seventh round: No. 243 overall from Carolina

11. Seventh round: No. 245 overall

The Titans' 2014 draft picks

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The Titans draft picks for the 2014 NFL draft, which will be held May 8-10:

Round 1 (No. 11 overall)
Round 2 (No. 42)
Round 4 (No. 112)
Round 5 (No. 151)
Round 6 (No. 186)
Round 7 (No. 228)

The Titans dealt their third-rounder, 77th overall, to San Francisco, to move up in the second round last year to draft receiver Justin Hunter.

Here's the full league draft order.

No compensatory pick for Broncos

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Denver Broncos had held out a small hope to get at least one compensatory pick for the annual selection weekend, but the league did not agree with that math.

The NFL released its list of compensatory draft picks Monday -- 13 teams were awarded 32 picks in all -- and the Broncos didn’t make the complicated mathematical cut. This year’s compensatory picks were awarded based on signings and losses in free agency before the 2013 season.

Wes Welker, Terrance Knighton, Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were among the players signed by the Broncos a year ago with Vasquez having been named an All-Pro this past season and all five going on to be starters. Cornerback Tracy Porter, who went on to be a 16-game starter for the Oakland Raiders, and safety Jim Leonhard were among the team’s biggest free agency losses.

The team's biggest departure was defensive end Elvis Dumervil, but since he was under contract when he was released by the Broncos following the well-publicized fax fiasco, he does not count as a loss in free agency. Players whose contracts have expired are considered in the math.

At the moment the Broncos have seven draft picks, one in each of the seven rounds.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- John Fox was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers for nine of wide receiver Steve Smith's first 10 NFL seasons. He was there when Smith was charged for assault after attacking teammate Anthony Bright during a 2002 film-room meeting. He there when Smith was given a two-game suspension in 2008 for breaking the nose of teammate Ken Lucas during a training camp fight.

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So Fox is qualified, at least for the time he was at Carolina, to judge whether Smith was considered a locker room distraction -- one of the reasons that has been cited for his release two weeks ago.

"That's not the right word,'' the third-year Denver Broncos coach said during Monday's first day of the NFL owners meetings. "We evaluate a guy on his ability to play football, and he was one our top players the entire time I was there.''

No doubt. Smith, who signed with Baltimore 24 hours after his release, is Carolina's all-time leading receiver. His most productive seasons came under Fox. It wouldn't surprise if one day his number was retired and he was placed on the team's Hall of Honor.

To be fair, Fox can only talk about the player he coached. He wasn't there the past three seasons, so he can't judge whether Smith was a distraction for the current team.

But veteran players are released every year, and this one didn't surprise the coach that led Carolina to its only Super Bowl in 2003. He said it was no different than Denver's decision to release 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey before a $1 million roster bonus came due on March 15.

It was different, though. Cutting Bailey saved the Broncos $10 million in salary cap space. The Panthers basically are paying Smith $5 million to play for Baltimore, and are saving only $2 million under the cap.

Again, Fox can't speak to that.

"I just know he was an extremely productive and competitive player when I was there,'' he said.
  • The Panthers were not awarded compensatory picks for the 2014 draft. But look for them to get a few in 2015 after losing wide receivers Brandon LaFell (Patriots), Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals) and Domenik Hixon (Bears), safety Mike Mitchell (Steelers), cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (Vikings) and a few others to free agency this year.
  • Carolina cornerback Melvin White, an undrafted rookie who became a starter, ranked fifth on the league's performance-based pay list this season with an additional $269,714 in salary. The performance-based pay system compensates players whose level of playing time was higher than their salary would have paid.
The Steelers have nine picks in the 2014 NFL draft after adding three compensatory selections based on free-agent losses last year.

The Steelers were awarded third-round, fifth-round and sixth-round picks Monday by the NFL. They effectively recovered the pick they traded last year when they dealt their 2014 third-round selection for the Browns’ fourth-round pick.

The Steelers used the pick to draft safety Shamarko Thomas.

The Steelers’ received the highest compensatory pick as their third-round selection is 97th overall. The other two picks they were awarded are 173rd and 215th overall, respectively.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Keenan Lewis and running back Rashard Mendenhall were among the players the Steelers lost via free agency last year.

The extra picks come at a good time for the Steelers.

General manager Kevin Colbert has said this is the deepest draft he has seen since he broke into the NFL, and the Steelers have to replenish a defense that is in transition. It's also a team that has needs on offense.

The Steelers have a pick in each of the seven rounds. They have two selections apiece in the fifth and sixth rounds of the draft.
ORLANDO -- The NFL announced Monday the Cowboys will receive three additional compensatory draft picks in the May draft.

The team has a total of 11 draft picks, including six in the seventh-round.

A total of 32 compensatory draft selections were awarded to 13 teams.

The Cowboys can't trade the compensatory picks, however. The team has a selection in every round but the sixth, and before the compensatory picks were announced, had three picks in the last round.

Under the rules for compensatory draft picks, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The Cowboys lost linebacker Victor Butler, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, cornerback Mike Jenkins and tight end John Phillips last season in free agency. The team gained linebacker Justin Durant in free agency.

The Cowboys have been awarded 33 compensatory picks picks since 1994, tied for the second-most in the NF with Green Bay.

Baltimore has gained the most compensatory picks with 41.
The San Francisco 49ers enjoyed a draft weekend victory Monday when the NFL announced its 32 compensatory draft picks.

The 49ers were one of four teams to receive a top comp-pick prize for the May 8-10 draft -- a third-round pick. The pick is the 100th overall and the final pick of the round.

The team, which already has one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, now has a whopping six picks in the top 100. They have the No. 30 (first round), No. 56 and No. 61 picks (both second-round) and the No. 77, No. 94 and No. 100 picks (third round). This draft is widely considered one of the deepest drafts in several years. The 49ers have 11 picks overall in the draft. The 49ers also have one pick each in the fourth and fifth rounds and three picks in the final round.

While the comp pick cannot be traded, the 49ers have a lot of ammunition to move up at any point of the draft. With few glaring needs and not many spots on the 53-man roster open, I can see the 49ers being aggressive.

The 49ers were awarded the high comp pick based on losses related to gains in the 2012 draft class. Based on what has happened this year in free agency, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 49ers get another com pick next year.

Indeed, no comp picks for Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs were indeed not awarded any compensatory draft picks by the NFL, which handed out picks today to certain teams for their transactions in unrestricted free agency last year. The Chiefs signed far more players than they lost last year, so it wasn't a surprise they were shut out.

But the Chiefs should receive picks next season based on this year's activity in unrestricted free agency. The NFL will no doubt see what the Chiefs lost (Dexter McCluster, Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz, Tyson Jackson, Akeem Jordan, Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps) is greater than what they gained (Vance Walker, Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Mays, Chris Owens).

That doesn't help the Chiefs this year, of course. It's a deep draft but the Chiefs will have only one of the top 86 picks. Their second-round pick is in the possession of the San Francisco 49ers. The pick went to San Francisco as part of last year's Alex Smith trade.

That's why the Chiefs need to be aggressive when it comes to trading for additional picks.

As a reminder, the Chiefs have six picks this year. They have their own pick in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. They have an additional pick in the sixth round that came from the Dallas Cowboys as part of last year's trade that sent Edgar Jones to the Cowboys.

The Chiefs have no pick in the second or seventh rounds. Their seventh-round pick went to the Cowboys as part of the Jones trade.
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals were awarded two compensatory picks for the upcoming NFL draft, the league announced from its owners meetings Monday.

Those particular selections will come in the sixth and seventh rounds of the draft that will be held in New York May 8-10. In addition to their predetermined seven picks, the Bengals will now have two selections each in the sixth and seventh rounds, pushing their draft total to nine. The last time the Bengals had nine picks in one draft was 2010, when they selected tight end Jermaine Gresham in the first round.

Last year, the Bengals had 10 selections either through trades or the compensatory pick process.

Teams are awarded compensatory draft choices based upon what happens in the previous free-agency period. Teams that lose more or better free agents than they acquire in the previous year are eligible to receive compensatory draft picks, as long as those free agents are among the top 32 compensatory free agents in the league that year. Since the Bengals lost one player (Brian Leonard) in 2013 who fell outside that top 32-player range, they were not awarded a compensatory pick for him.

The players who were covered based on the league's stipulations of compensatory free agents were Josh Brown, Bruce Gradkowski, Manny Lawson, Pat Sims and Dan Stuka. Since those five players were only replaced by three free agents in Josh Johnson, Mike Pollak and Alex Smith, the Bengals were only allowed two compensatory picks.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The NFL Management Council came up with the formula, and it's one that does not cover every free agent lost or signed by a club. The compensatory picks themselves can only be made in rounds three through seven.

Offensive linemen Reid Fragel and T.J. Johnson were Cincinnati's two compensatory pick selections last year. Fragel was eventually released, and Johnson still is on roster as a backup center. This year's compensatory picks will be the 212th and 252nd overall draft choices.
The St. Louis Rams were already sitting in prime draft position with nine choices and two first-rounders before the NFL handed out compensatory selections Monday evening. Now, they have even more opportunity to add talent after the league awarded them three more choices for 2013 free-agent losses.

Heading toward May's draft, the Rams now have 12 picks after picking up a sixth-rounder (No. 214 overall) and two seventh-rounders (Nos. 249 and 250) from the compensatory process.

Breaking it down further, the Rams have two picks in the first round (Nos. 2 and 13), two in the sixth and four in the seventh to go with their lone original choice in rounds two through five.

Compensatory picks cannot be traded but having that many choices likely puts the Rams in position to maneuver around the board as they wish with those other nine choices.

In the official release the NFL sent out Monday evening, the Rams were credited for losing receiver Danny Amendola, safety Craig Dahl, center Robert Turner, receiver Brandon Gibson and cornerback Bradley Fletcher and adding tight end Jared Cook and tackle Jake Long.

Conspicuous by his absence was running back Steven Jackson. The Rams allowed Jackson to void the final year of his contract and he was declared an unrestricted free agent before signing with Atlanta. It's unclear right now if Jackson was not factored into equation or if his name was an accidental omission from the league's release. For what it's worth, Jackson was not counted as an addition in Atlanta's equation.
As expected, the Buffalo Bills were not awarded any compensatory selections in the 2014 draft.

The NFL announced its allotment of compensatory draft picks at their annual spring meeting Monday. The selections are awarded based on net free-agency losses from the prior offseason.

Last spring, the Bills lost guards Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart, but signed linebacker Manny Lawson and Alan Branch. While large contracts -- like the one Levitre received from the Tennessee Titans -- figure into the compensatory pick equation, ultimately it's a net loss of free agents that matters the most.

The Bills hold their original selections in each round of the 2014 NFL draft, held May 8-10.
The New York Jets, who suffered significant free-agent losses last offseason, received the maximum number of compensatory picks for the upcoming draft -- four selections, the NFL announced Monday.

They will receive one fourth-round pick (No. 137 overall) and three in the sixth round (Nos. 209, 210, 213). The Jets have 12 picks in what many experts are calling the deepest draft in years.

The Jets have a total of three picks in the fourth round -- their own choice, the compensatory pick and the pick they received in the Darrelle Revis trade. Although compensatory picks can't be traded, the glut of fourth-rounders gives them added flexibility to wheel and deal.

Did someone say DeSean Jackson?

This is the Jets' reward for last year's "Rexodus," when fans and media were criticizing general manager John Idzik for allowing established players to walk out the door in free agency. Now all they have to do is maximize the opportunity by ... you know, not drafting bad players.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. A total of 32 comp picks were handed out to 13 teams, including four in the third round. The Jets' fourth-rounder came from Landry, who signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jets' free-agent losses: Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, LaRon Landry and Matt Slauson.

Their free-agent gains: Antwan Barnes and Mike Goodson.
The NFL announced its compensatory draft picks Monday, and the New York Giants added an extra fifth-round pick in this year's draft. The pick will be the 34th of the fifth round and the 174th overall pick in the draft.

This brings the Giants' total number of draft picks back to the original seven. They traded their seventh-round pick to Carolina for linebacker Jon Beason during the 2013 season.

Compensatory picks are awarded based on a complicated formula that factors in the number and quality of free agents lost and signed during the previous offseason. Last offseason, the Giants lost tight end Martellus Bennett, linebacker Chase Blackburn, wide receiver Domenik Hixon and defensive end Osi Umenyiora to free agency and signed kicker Josh Brown, safety Ryan Mundy and tight end Brandon Myers. The difference between quality added and quality lost in the 2013 offseason resulted in an extra pick at the end of the fifth round, per the league's formula.

The Giants are one of 13 teams to receive compensatory picks this year. The Ravens and the Jets each received four. The Falcons, Cowboys, Texans, Steelers and Rams each received three. The Bengals, Lions and Packers each received two, and the Giants, Patriots and 49ers each received one.
ORLANDO -- Part of the NFL's business today was doling out compensatory selections for last year's free agency period.

The Texans get three, one in the fourth round, one in the sixth round and one in the seventh -- the final pick in the draft. They'll have 11 draft picks this May, barring trades.

Compensatory picks are based on free agency losses the previous year. The Texans lost cornerback Alan Ball, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, fullback James Casey, running back Justin Forsett, punter Donnie Jones and safety Glover Quin. They added fullback Greg Jones, safety Ed Reed and punter Shane Lechler in free agency last season.

The league awarded 32 compensatory picks with Baltimore and the New York Jets each getting four. Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh and St. Louis each received three just as Houston did.

These picks cannot be traded and are tacked onto the end of rounds. Houston's come with the 35th pick of the fourth round, the 35th pick of the sixth round and the 41st pick of the seventh round. The Texans, of course, also have the first pick in each round and the Raiders' sixth-round pick, which they received for trading quarterback Matt Schaub.

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