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UFAs not tendered by June 1 don’t count in compensatory pick formula

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We pointed out earlier today that 160 unsigned unrestricted free agents did not receive June 1 tenders from their prior teams, which means that those teams won’t have exclusive dibs on them from July 22 through Week 10, if they don’t sign elsewhere before then.

As a league source has explained it to PFT, there’s another impact of the complete and total freedom these players have secured.  They now won’t count toward the formula for determining compensatory draft picks in 2014.

This means that, if/when these players sign elsewhere, the lost player won’t help his former team’s haul of compensatory picks — and it likewise won’t impact the formula of the team that signs him.

Case in point:  former Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith.  With the Ravens signing Smith after June 1 absent a pre-June 1 tender offer from the Jags, the Jaguars won’t get credit for the lost free agent, and the Ravens won’t have Smith counterbalance the departure of guys like linebacker Paul Kruger, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, and cornerback Cary Williams.

It’s amazing that the Ravens knew to wait until after June 1 to sign Smith.  Given that they’re, you know, dumb.

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15 Responses to “UFAs not tendered by June 1 don’t count in compensatory pick formula”
  1. mdagnew1 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:01 PM

    Best front office in sports…

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 5, 2013 10:03 PM

    But there’s more to this case than just the timing of signing him. They could also have lost him by some other team signing him first. Perhaps the monetary amount being negotiated by both parties has also been affected. Maybe the player isn’t going to produce value and thus is more of a liability than a gain. Maybe if the Ravens chose not to go after this player then their previous offseason would have resulted in a different path that would have been a better deal.

    Those are just 4 very tiny considerations in a sea of many variables that are in play here, and the aggregate of all factors being considered when determining if/when to sign this player is worth fully analyzing before one can say that it is a testament to the team’s intelligence to employ this strategy choice.

    Not saying they are dumb or smart because of this transaction, since the topic here is only focusing on a subset of the consideration points, and those points by themselves are not enough to draw a conclusion as to whether this was a smart move or not.

    The global set of all consideration points must be reviewed in order to attach that claim.

  3. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    Ravens are the smartest organization in the NFL. Thanks for pointing it out.

  4. Kaz says: Jun 5, 2013 10:06 PM

    actually they waited so long to sign him because their free agent answer to the loss of Lewis retired after multiple arrests, their rookie “steal” is going to have his fair share of groin pains, so they found a free agent nobody else wanted him. He was cheap. Most post June 1st signings are. That’s why they don’t help/hurt with compensation picks.

  5. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 5, 2013 10:11 PM

    Another shrewd move by the Ravens

  6. noeffinway says: Jun 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    @thestrategyexpert,
    are you like that guy on Big Bang?

  7. timtheenchanter1 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:43 PM

    It certainly couldn’t have had anything to do with getting $2.5 of cap space from Pollard release on 6/1 either, I suppose. Especially since they didn’t know for sure whether Jags would tender.

    Nope. Clearly all about the comp picks.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 6, 2013 12:53 AM

    noeffinway:

    Yes I have been compared to him before. And more than one time actually. But less than 5 times so far. Up to you to determine if that’s significant in drawing any conclusions, but I find myself to be quite different than him. He doesn’t really seem to exhibit qualities of a plausible real person due to some inconsistent writing quality.

  9. 54isaiah17 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:15 AM

    Post June 1st picks last year – Corey Graham & Jacoby Jones !!

    Nobody wanted them last year, either. And they sure crippled the Ravens Season, too, right!!

    Probably don’t win SuperBowl without Both of them !!

    Watch the Ravens Work & Learn, GrassHoppers!!

  10. dmravens says: Jun 6, 2013 11:29 AM

    They’ve also brought in Pollard and McKinney a year earlier, and pretty much do that every year.

    Ravens had the most compensatory picks awarded since the start of that program. Non of the free agents they signed this year, Huff, Canty, Spears, Dumervil, even McClain, counted towards Compensatory pick formula, since they were cut by their teams. That’s not coincidence

  11. jtbsteeler says: Jun 6, 2013 11:59 AM

    What’s being lost is that the Ravens rely heavily on other teams players either via signing or trading for them. And they will again by signing someone else’s WR because this crew “ain’t gonna cut it”.

    I agree, you probably don’t win the bowl without Pollard (Houston), Boldin(Arizona), Graham(Bears), Bryant McKinnie(Vikings), Leach(Houston) or Jacoby Jones(Houston).

    All Hail Ozzie, he of the smoke and mirrors.

  12. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jun 6, 2013 1:12 PM

    The difference in who we sign and who we let go of is simple: organizational standards and expectations. Those coming in understand there is a certain expectation and they live up to the Ravens Way! Those that are let go are role players who have had a very good year playing out that contract to become overpriced, and the FA market and team success allows them to “cash” the wave! When they play the next few seasons they are just average as the team schematic and environment isn’t the same.

  13. steelerben says: Jun 6, 2013 1:27 PM

    jtbsteeler: A good front office makes good personnel decisions. If that means bringing in free agents, then so be it. Picking up a gem here and there in the draft and making sure you always field a competitive team by filling holes with players other teams didn’t want but fit your system very well is a perfectly legitimate way of building a team.

    noeffinway: strategyexpert is just like Sheldon in that he is self important, arrogant, annoying, afraid of human contact, has no social skills and consistently monologues. Pretty much everything but the intelligence.

  14. objectivefan says: Jun 6, 2013 2:02 PM

    jtbsteeler says:
    Jun 6, 2013 11:59 AM

    What’s being lost is that the Ravens rely heavily on other teams players either via signing or trading for them. And they will again by signing someone else’s WR because this crew “ain’t gonna cut it”.

    I agree, you probably don’t win the bowl without Pollard (Houston), Boldin(Arizona), Graham(Bears), Bryant McKinnie(Vikings), Leach(Houston) or Jacoby Jones(Houston).

    All Hail Ozzie, he of the smoke and mirrors.

    __________________________________

    Is this supposed to be an insult? Finding undervalued free agents is “smoke and mirrors?” What a weird perspective…I don’t even know what to say.

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 7, 2013 1:56 PM

    steelerben:

    Sounds like you haven’t spent any time to get to know me at all. Yet still confident to pass such resounding judgment. That’s really sad, and I disagree with your assessment for the record.

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