Patriots get league-high four compensatory picks, including two third-rounders

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The NFL announced the 32 compensatory picks, which were awarded to 15 teams.

The Patriots have a league-high and league-maximum of four — two third-round choices and two sixth-round selections. New England lost Malcom Brown, Trent Brown, Trey Flowers, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Eric Rowe and LaAdrian Waddle. It added Brandon Bolden.

The Broncos, Texans, Vikings, Giants, Eagles and Seahawks earned three extra picks. The Ravens and Dolphins will have two compensatory choices.

The Bears, Cowboys, Rams, Steelers, Bucs and Washington received one each.

The Texans received the highest third-round choice, No. 97 overall, followed by the Patriots (No. 98), Giants (No. 99), Patriots (No. 100), Seahawks (No. 101), Steelers (No. 102), Eagles (No. 103), Rams (No. 104), Vikings (No. 105) and Ravens (No. 106).

The fourth-round choices went to the Bucs (No. 139), Bears (No. 14), Dolphins (No. 141), Washington (No. 142), Ravens (No. 143), Seahawks (No. 144), Eagles (No. 145) and Eagles (No. 146).

The fifth-rounders went to the Broncos (No. 178) and Cowboys (No. 179).

The sixth-round choices went to the Patriots (No. 212), Patriots (No. 213) and Seahawks (No. 214).

The seventh-rounders went to the Giants (No. 247), Texans (No. 248), Vikings (No. 249), Texans (No. 250), Dolphins (No. 251), Broncos (No. 252), Vikings (No. 253), Broncos (No. 254) and Giants (No. 255).

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

CFAs are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council and not every free agent lost or signed is covered by the formula.

The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

63 responses to “Patriots get league-high four compensatory picks, including two third-rounders

  1. These compensatory picks are complete BS. They were designed by the owners as a way for teams to lose free agents and allow even more low-cost draftees to replace veterans. How the union let this happen is beyond comprehension.

    If a team does not resign a free agent, that is a choice. You should not be rewarded for it as a way to acquire talent.

  2. With the Patriots getting a league-high four compensatory picks, this means they got more compensatory picks than any other team.

  3. If Brady leaves the Patriots we’ll find out how great of a coach Sir William is pretty darn fast. I think he’s close to calling it a day and who knows, the way networks are throwing money at announcers these days we may see a whole side of him we’ve never seen before. He does what is really smart these days. He doesn’t say much to the media.

  4. 12brichandfamous says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm
    These compensatory picks are complete BS. They were designed by the owners as a way for teams to lose free agents and allow even more low-cost draftees to replace veterans. How the union let this happen is beyond comprehension.

    If a team does not resign a free agent, that is a choice. You should not be rewarded for it as a way to acquire talent.
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    I don’t agree with this. The free agent that leaves one team is taking the job of a low-cost draftee at another team. Why does it matter if the players switch teams.

    It’s also a choice for the other team to sign the free agent and compensatory picks are part of the equation. No one is forcing teams to sign other team’s free agents.

    I think most of the consistently successful NFL teams get more compensatory picks than less successful teams. It’s not the successful teams fault teams like the Redskins go for fancy high priced free agents.

  5. Same headline every single year. Pats always get the most compensatory picks. Reprint this article in 365 days.

  6. Same headline every single year. Pats always get the most compensatory picks. Reprint this article in 365 days.

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    Could happen easily.
    The Pats could lose Brady, McCourty, Collins, Van Noy, and Thuney. There is a lot of big contracts right there.

  7. There is nothing wrong acquiring draft picks which happen to cost less. Those who lecture us on how bad this is have obviously never run a business. You can’t pay high for entry level miscreants. Just look at how poor fast food service is these days when we pay upwards of $15 per hour for clowns who can’t spend a minute without their cellphone.

  8. fearsome4 says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    So, just so everyone is clear. The Rams now have 8 picks. That’s 8 more than zero.

    Draft picks
    52
    84
    104
    126
    139
    141
    199
    235

    Is enough to fix a broken team with holes all over and minimal cap space….?

  9. If a team drafts and develops a player over 4 yrs, and another team is willing and/or able to pay the player more, the original team deserves the meager compensation. Best they can do is the 97th pick. If teams are good at using the picks or putting the in trades, good for them.

  10. Sheesh if the Pats lose Brady (compensatory 1st rounder…is that even possible?), Thuney (compensatory 2nd rounder…is that even possible), Van Noy (3rd rounder), Collins or McCourty (either one third rounder)…well okay, forget Brady, that will be a trade, but three third rounders for Van Noy, Collins, and McCourty, 2nd for Thuney (sign him, Dolphins! And maybe Van Noy as well.)

    Thing is this method has worked for Pats for years…maybe Flores has a clue and will do same with Fins (why do you think they have two extra first rounders?)

  11. silentraven7 says:
    March 10, 2020 at 6:27 pm
    fearsome4 says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    So, just so everyone is clear. The Rams now have 8 picks. That’s 8 more than zero.

    Draft picks
    52
    84
    104
    126
    139
    141
    199
    235

    Is enough to fix a broken team with holes all over and minimal cap space….?

    0 1 Rate This

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    How does the #1D in the league with backups unable to see the field due to how loaded they are have “holes all over the field”? Can you explain that? Not to mention the really good cast of RBs, a red shirted 2019 draft class, Pro Bowl injured players returning next year on offense, please explain how this is possible.

    LOL.

    Watch out, as you may be saying “who are these guys and how does
    BB do it(?) come next November.

    Some of you will never learn.

  12. u4iadman says:
    March 10, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    Gag. What a horrible team

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    What?

    They’re the most well-run team in sports, and over the longest time in the modern era. It’s not even debatable.

    Thank goodness you weighed in with this insight??

  13. Oh the haters are gonna have a field day at the thought of Bill building another dynasty that lasts well after he’s gone. Oh yea baby it’s coming so get your tissues ready

  14. tylawspick6overruled says:
    March 10, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    Same headline every single year. Pats always get the most compensatory picks. Reprint this article in 365 days.

    50 12 Rate This
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    I hate to break it to you: Baltimore is the king of compensatory picks, compiling the most in the league (52) since the system began in 1994. Keep in mind that the Ravens didn’t even exist for two of those years. The next closest teams are the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots (43) #FACTS#lookitup.

  15. “thetooloftools says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm
    If Brady leaves the Patriots we’ll find out how great of a coach Sir William is pretty darn fast. I think he’s close to calling it a day and who knows, the way networks are throwing money at announcers these days we may see a whole side of him we’ve never seen before. He does what is really smart these days. He doesn’t say much to the media.”

    We already know how good he is. 11-5 with Matt Cassel when Brady tore his ACL and 3-1 with Garoppolo and Brissett when Brady was suspended. Both of the latter were injured for parts or all of those 4 games. BB also won an AFC championship game with Bledsoe when Brady got hurt on the way to their first SB win.

    And I doubt he’s going to stop coaching anytime soon.

  16. according to Florio that will change the new CBA.
    ”players who sign one-year deals and who make less than $1.75 million won’t count toward the gains and losses, incentivizing teams to sign those players sooner than later.”

  17. So… which compensatory picks have panned out? Let’s say over the last 3 years. How many of these later round pics became starters? Anyone know?

  18. Sheesh if the Pats lose Brady (compensatory 1st rounder…is that even possible?), Thuney (compensatory 2nd rounder…is that even possible), Van Noy (3rd rounder), Collins or McCourty (either one third rounder)…well okay, forget Brady, that will be a trade, but three third rounders for Van Noy, Collins, and McCourty, 2nd for Thuney (sign him, Dolphins! And maybe Van Noy as well.)

    Thing is this method has worked for Pats for years…maybe Flores has a clue and will do same with Fins (why do you think they have two extra first rounders?)

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    Did you read the article? Picks are assigned from rounds 3-7.

  19. The Patriots have a league-high and league-maximum of four — two third-round choices and two sixth-round selections.
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    Meanwhile back in Dallas, the Cowboys are getting ready to pay their average QB $33 million a year.

  20. No question BB is a great coach. He will win many more games. Can he win a SB without Brady? That remains to be seen.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    March 10, 2020 at 6:59 pm
    silentraven7 says:
    March 10, 2020 at 6:27 pm
    fearsome4 says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    So, just so everyone is clear. The Rams now have 8 picks. That’s 8 more than zero.

    Draft picks
    52
    84
    104
    126
    139
    141
    199
    235

    Is enough to fix a broken team with holes all over and minimal cap space….?

    0 1 Rate This

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    How does the #1D in the league with backups unable to see the field due to how loaded they are have “holes all over the field”? Can you explain that? Not to mention the really good cast of RBs, a red shirted 2019 draft class, Pro Bowl injured players returning next year on offense, please explain how this is possible.

    LOL.

    Watch out, as you may be saying “who are these guys and how does
    BB do it(?) come next November.

    Some of you will never learn.
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    You want my explanation? Its a two part explanation, get ready.

    He said the RAMS, not the PATRIOTS. Good lord, guy, you need to actually read before jumping down my throat about something you’re evidently clueless about. If you thought I was talking about the Patriots then you need to actually read the draft picks I listed. Hint: they’re not even remotely close to the Patriots draft picks.

    Your tunnel vision there was embarrassing.

  22. That one comment made me laugh my ass off the most well ran business in sports. The Patriots do they’re winning by cheating and given them these 4 extra pics helps them do it even better. The Patriots without Tom Brady is like Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers they will never be anything without the two Cry-Baby whiny cheating schmucks.

  23. Oh great…the league just gave Bears GM Ryan Pace an extra pick to waste on ANYONE BUT A BLACK QB or trade it away for a LeBaron driven by JOHN Voight.

  24. streetyson says:
    March 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm
    Wait, what about all the media who (falsely) claimed the 2019 Pats were in win-now mode?
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    It was a fair thing for them to say. The Pats are always in win now mode.

  25. LamarJacksonisElite says:
    March 10, 2020 at 7:10 pm
    tylawspick6overruled says:
    March 10, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    Same headline every single year. Pats always get the most compensatory picks. Reprint this article in 365 days.

    50 12 Rate This
    ********************************************************************************
    I hate to break it to you: Baltimore is the king of compensatory picks, compiling the most in the league (52) since the system began in 1994. Keep in mind that the Ravens didn’t even exist for two of those years. The next closest teams are the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots (43) #FACTS#lookitup.

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    No, thats incorrect. You loved breaking it to him.

  26. 12brichandfamous says: “These compensatory picks are complete BS. They were designed by the owners as a way for teams to lose free agents and allow even more low-cost draftees to replace veterans. How the union let this happen is beyond comprehension.”
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    You know the CBA requires teams to have a payroll close, but not over, the $205m salary cap, right? Owners aren’t saving money and pocketing it – it just goes to some other member of the players’ union.

  27. It’s also important to point out that unlike several years ago, compensatory picks can now be traded, which makes them even more valuable. If you were the Patriots and hypothetically were in the market to draft a QB, being able to sweeten the pot with a an extra third rounder becomes very important.

  28. It’s always them & the eagles w/ the most comp picks, difference being the patriots usually make those picks count

  29. Comp picks are the dumbest thing to still exist in the current NFL. Small market teams are no longer struggling to sign free agents (like the fear was in 1994), so the teams don’t need balancing.

    If a team is too cheap to pay their own players, they don’t deserve extra compensation for it.

    At the very least, the NFL should fix “loopholes” such as trades not counting in the equation or free agents signed after a certain date not counting. Instead, they actually made it worse by making the picks trade-able. Oh well…

  30. The joke is I am not sure of you could have traded any of those players for a 3rd round pick. Maybe that is part of their secret. Have enough mediocre player with their contracts up so they can purge their roster while the league hands them back something of much more value.

  31. Ironically, the compensatory pick wasn’t created to allow teams to let veterans go and draft cheaper rookies, but to protect teams that have a strong player walking away and no one coming to replace them. This was to support smaller markets that had a harder time retaining talent.

    But smart teams take advantage of these kinds of things more than these other teams.

  32. Dear Bill, we’ll take the Super Bowl thanks! You keep gathering picks!

    Signed. Every Chiefs fan!

  33. These comments would be a lot different if it were about another team…

    Compensatory ARE ridiculous. They were originally designed with the intention of influencing teams to allow free agents to walk and explore their options, because the teams were getting something in return. But now all they do is award teams for no reason. The free agent market is healthy, unlike decades ago when the picks were devised and owners needed to be convinced to let productive players walk instead of tethering them in one place. But it’s no longer necessary. Free agency is here to stay, and players and teams have both seen how it can be advantageous. There’s no need to reward a team for making a business decision.

    Someone said that teams deserve a pick in compensation for “training” players for four years after drafting them. No, they don’t. If a player is valuable, and your time invested in him is TRULY worth to you, then you re-sign him. If you don’t, that’s YOUR decision. YOU made the choice to let that player walk. You don’t need to get a hand-out for it. YOU made that decision, no one forced you to let a guy walk that had value. If you think he’s good, re-sign him. Compensatory picks are unnecessary. It’s not like the system benefits any of the teams that need help anyway. If you like a guy, keep him. If you don’t, let him walk. You don’t deserve a reward for making a business decision.

  34. JJ412 says:
    It’s not the successful teams fault teams like the Redskins go for fancy high priced free agents.

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    Please tell me, which of those in the last year or two are you talking about. It appears that no compensatory pick was granted this year due to the Redskins.

  35. Lots of picks to beef up the defense. We saw last year that it was only the Patriots secondary that was excellent – not so much up front. Dealing with running teams and mobile QBs around the league needs some speed in the middle and size up front.

  36. More league favoritism for the stupid Patriots. So annoying. This process is so flawed. They say they want equality and then favor their darlings every chance they get.

  37. This should rile up the maternity ward crybabies. Go Pat’s 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 trophies and counting !

  38. Dean Noname says:
    March 11, 2020 at 1:34 am
    Dear Bill, we’ll take the Super Bowl thanks! You keep gathering picks!

    Signed. Every Chiefs fan!

    2 4 Rate This

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    Umm, good thing NE was injured in 2019 like they are every odd season AND Hunt is great friends with Jerome Boger.

    NE is in the SB, on average, every other year for 20 years. Read it again if you need to.

    Mahomes will break the bank and your team will never win a SB ever again. Enjoy!

  39. How are compensatory picks “ridiculous” (as some are claiming) if the same set of rules applies to ALL teams? You can argue about their necessity, but the point is they are something available to all teams and some choose to take that into account when contract renewals come up, and some don’t. That’s it.

  40. At least this softens the wasted 2nd rounder the Pats gave up for Sanu last year a little bit.

  41. If Brady leaves the Patriots we’ll find out how great of a coach Sir William is pretty darn fast. I think he’s close to calling it a day and who knows, the way networks are throwing money at announcers these days we may see a whole side of him we’ve never seen before. He does what is really smart these days. He doesn’t say much to the media.
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    Nobody wants to see BB as an announcer. He has zero personality.

  42. Umm, good thing NE was injured in 2019 like they are every odd season
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    Maybe if they had some depth, injuries wouldn’t be such a problem.

    Keep pushing those excuses, they will help you sleep better at night.

  43. People can hate on the Patriots for this rule and how they handle free agency, but it has an impact on their team. New players have to learn the offense and have potential growing pains that can set back your club. Continuity is important in football because of its complexity and offensive and defensive schemes. The Pats had struggles due to losing all those players mentioned above that cannot be denied. Nothing run wrong with them picking up those picks

  44. I am NOT a Patriots fan, I am a GIANTS fan.

    The Patriots have been great for two decades because they continue to define how they want to enact their culture.

    They have Four Extra picks to bring in guys that specifically match their Player Profile.

    Caserio and Bellichik will have 85-100 players on their board, compared to the 260 that every other team will have.

    There are VERY talented Players out there that they flat out will not draft because they don’t fit the System and Culture criteria.

    This is what stability looks like.

    This is what Organizations like the Cleveland Browns and even my Current GIANTS do NOT understand.

    If Brady leaves, Bellichik will have a Plan, and a Back up Plan off of that.

    He is angling to get Garrapolo back, and he and Josh will get everything out of Jimmy that can be gotten if that happens.

    Or from Andy Dalton or Dereck Carr or Jordan Love or Justin Herbert or JAlen Hurts.

    Whoever it is.

  45. Dean Noname says:
    March 11, 2020 at 1:34 am
    Dear Bill, we’ll take the Super Bowl thanks! You keep gathering picks!
    Signed. Every Chiefs fan!
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    Apparently Chiefs fan has come down with the same illness as Eagle fan and Seahawk fan. Win one Super Bowl in 50 years and all of a sudden a dynasty is born. Simmer down Chiefs fan. Maybe wait till you win 2 in less than 50 years at least? You can only dream, and that’s all it is right now, a dream, to come close to the success of franchises like New England, Pittsburg, Dallas and San Francisco. But by all means do enjoy this ONE.

  46. “How are compensatory picks “ridiculous” (as some are claiming) if the same set of rules applies to ALL teams? You can argue about their necessity, but the point is they are something available to all teams and some choose to take that into account when contract renewals come up, and some don’t. That’s it.”

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    That’s what we’re arguing about. Their necessity. This is not a Patriots-centric issue. They’re not even the team who has benefitted the most from this system-that’d be the Ravens.

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