Rams, Patriots are early leaders for 2019 compensatory picks

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For teams that like instant gratification, big free agent signings are the most exciting part of the offseason. But for teams willing to sacrifice in the present to build for the future, compensatory picks are a big piece of the puzzle.

Compensatory picks are awarded to the teams that lose more players than they sign in free agency. They’re a way of evening things out so that the teams that don’t spend a lot can recover from the big spenders poaching their top players.

This year, the Rams and Patriots have lost some big-money free agents. Which means they stand to benefit with a couple of third-round compensatory picks a year from now. The Rams have lost cornerback Trumaine Johnson and receiver Sammy Watkins, while the Patriots have lost offensive tackle Nate Solder and cornerback Malcolm Butler. Neither the Rams nor the Patriots have signed any big-money players to cancel those deals out, so each team might end up with a third-round compensatory pick.

The highest compensatory pick next year will go to Washington, based on the loss of Kirk Cousins to Minnesota — but only if Washington doesn’t spend a lot of money in free agency to cancel out that contract in the compensatory pick formula.

If you want to excite the fan base, it’s a lot easier to sell tickets on a big-name free agent than on a mid-round pick a year from now. But smart teams compile compensatory picks, and the Rams and Patriots are smart teams.

21 responses to “Rams, Patriots are early leaders for 2019 compensatory picks

  1. Who says it’s so smart to compile compensatory picks?!? If you aren’t good at building through the draft it can be a dumb formula to follow. That’s like saying it’s best to hire new college graduates instead of experienced professionals. The truth is you can be successful by relying on free agency too. It can be just as smart.

  2. “But smart teams compile compensatory picks, and the Rams and Patriots are smart teams.”

    ‘Smart’ is a word long associated with how Belichick roster builds. For the Rams that’s a relatively new thing, dumping Fisher is the gift that keeps on giving.

  3. Except that the patriots don’t particularly draft well. They might be better suited to use the picks to acquire established players which they do very well

  4. After about a decade of pure misery, all of a sudden the Rams are considered one of the “smart teams” after one good season? Let’s not forget that after their good season, they are rapidly losing core players, hence the subject of this article…

  5. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    “But smart teams compile compensatory picks, and the Rams and Patriots are smart teams.”

    ‘Smart’ is a word long associated with how Belichick roster builds. For the Rams that’s a relatively new thing, dumping Fisher is the gift that keeps on giving.

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    Snead also has to pay Donald, Gurley and Goff. Or, he’d be smart and deal one of them, preferably Gurley. He could get a 1st rd pick by some moron team willing to pay an RB 14 mil per and get another Gurley talent in the draft.

    Some teams get it, some don’t.

    in the RG3 deal, Snead has no one left. lmao

  6. New England is much better at signing scrap heap guys or trading 5th round picks for guys in exchange for a 7th. They are pretty terrible at the draft.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I will say one team is in cap hell (Rams) and one is not.
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    Of course you would, you always do. And you are wrong again, the Rams are in good shape against the cap and not just for this year but going forward.

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    It’s not just about the wins and losses these days. The GM also has to manage the cap and plan for the chaos known as free agency. Since it’s impossible to sign everyone, the best you can do is to accumulate as many high value comp picks as possible. Then, you hope they develop or you can use them as trade currency to acquire other players or to improve draft position.
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  9. sjsmarts1 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    New England is much better at signing scrap heap guys or trading 5th round picks for guys in exchange for a 7th. They are pretty terrible at the draft.

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    The greatest GM ever in any sport is “terrible” in the draft? That doesn’t make any sense, especially considering the Pats have to deal with a cheating commissioner dreaming up faux scandals to steal their picks in the process.

    Why do you think BB dealt away Chandler Jones? WHo has better draft yields since the rookie cap was created in 2011?

    I am pretty sure 3 SB appearances in 4 years proves he knows what he is doing.

    Not to mention, 3 protege GMs elsewhere.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Snead also has to pay Donald, Gurley and Goff. Or, he’d be smart and deal one of them, preferably Gurley. He could get a 1st rd pick by some moron team willing to pay an RB 14 mil per and get another Gurley talent in the draft.

    Some teams get it, some don’t.
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    The Rams currently have @ $31M in space and will have @ $90M + carryover next year.
    They won’t have any problem keeping their core guys even if they have to franchise them. Goff is under team control through 2021 btw. If you are going to continue talking about the cap please educate yourself.

    Some fans get it, some don’t.

  11. If they tried to sign these players earlier which I just found out concerning Butler and Solder then there was nothing they could do. Either overpay for them and go in a different direction.

  12. wib22 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    The end is near for the pats. That’s why belichick is letting all his good playes walk out the door
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    That makes no sense. If the end was near, Belichick would pay more to keep all the good players, and sign premium free agents. The fact that they are not overpaying is an indication that Belichick is managing the cap status, and that indicates that he is taking the long term view.

  13. So letting Solder go and getting a third-round pick in return is a smart move? I’d have to think Solder is more valuable than a third-round pick.

  14. sjsmarts1 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    New England is much better at signing scrap heap guys or trading 5th round picks for guys in exchange for a 7th. They are pretty terrible at the draft.
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    Considering where they draft each year and looking at the top of their roster it’s hard to make a believable case NE isn’t very very good at combining the draft, FA and UDFA’s when roster building. Of their top 12 2017 contracts 7 were drafted by NE, 4 were FA’s and one was a UDFA. The only players making over $10m were all Pats draft picks. It’s called a balanced approach, hard to argue with the results.

  15. “Except that the patriots don’t particularly draft well.”

    Ah, tired old Patriot hater myth #3.

    SMH

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