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19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Posted on: March 22, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 7:23 pm
According to release by the league, 19 NFL teams will get a total of 32 compensatory picks for free agent losses last year. These picks will be in conjunction with the selections teams already owned for next month's draft.

Eight teams were awarded multiple extra picks, with the New England Patriots leading the way with four picks. The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers each getting three compensatory picks.

The Cincinnati Bengals might have gained the most, however. While they "only" received two picks, they were awarded a 3rd and 4th, whereas the Titans, Steelers and Patriots were mostly given picks from the last two rounds.

According to the release:

Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks .


The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.  The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 223 choices in the seven rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft (April 22-24).  This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.


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. 


Three clubs this year (Oakland, Miami and Tampa Bay) will each receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year.  Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).


Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula.  By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the seventh round to bring the total number of compensatory selections to 32, equaling the number of NFL clubs.  The two additional picks were awarded to St. Louis and Detroit based upon the 2010 draft selection order.  

This is the breakdown of the compensatory picks by round and team.

Round 3

  • Cincinnati -- 96th overall
  • Tennessee -- 97
  • Atlanta -- 98

Round 4

  • Cincinnati -- 131

Round 5

  • Pittsburgh -- 164
  • Atlanta -- 165
  • Pittsburgh -- 166
  • Minnesota -- 167
  • San Diego -- 168
  • Green Bay -- 169

Round 6

  • Carolina -- 202
  • Jacksonville -- 203
  • Carolina -- 204
  • New England -- 205
  • San Francisco -- 206
  • Tennessee -- 207

Round 7 

  • Indianapolis -- 240
  • Tennessee -- 241 
  • Pittsburgh -- 242
  • Philadelphia -- 243
  • Philadelphia -- 244
  • Seattle -- 245
  • Indianapolis -- 246
  • New England -- 247 
  • New England -- 248 
  • Carolina -- 249 
  • New England -- 250 
  • Oakland -- 251
  • Miami -- 252 
  • Tampa Bay -- 253
  • St. Louis -- 254
  • Detroit -- 255


Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2010 7:49 am

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Thank you Mr. Rang.  I knew it had to be something along those lines, but for some reason I couldn't recall whether the supplemental draft last summer had drawn any bites.  Good to know it wasn't just a complete failure in my math skills :)

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:08 pm

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Your instincts are spot on.

The Redskins used a 3rd round pick on former Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the July supplemental draft and therefore don't have their third round pick.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2010 3:12 pm

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Don't be jealous. We had to give them all our videos of cheerleaders to get them.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 3:09 pm

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Oh look, New England is on top of this list - again.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2010 9:39 am

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

I notice the article mentions the '223 regular picks'... though 7 rounds with 32 teams would make 224.  Does anyone know whether that extra pick was used during the supplemental draft by someone?  I can't remember a supplemental choice off the top of my head, but the only other reason I can think of for a missing pick would be some kind of penalty, and I don't recall that happening to anyone this year either.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 8:58 am

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Assuming that you are talking about Peppers RCase, then it is because he was lost this year.  These picks are compensation for last year's losses.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2010 8:37 am

19 teams awarded compensatory picks

Why did Carolina not get a 3rd... they lost the biggest name FA?

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