Free agent signings no longer count in compensatory pick formula

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When the Ravens brought in tackle Alejandro Villanueva for a visit last month, word from Baltimore reporters was that the team was not expected to make a move until after the draft.

Compensatory draft picks were central to that approach. The Ravens and other teams have prized the picks doled out to teams who see more departures than additions in free agency, which made Monday a big day on the calendar.

Monday was the end of the window for such signings to count in the formula for determining compensatory picks, so there may be an uptick in activity for veterans who hit the market in March.

In addition to Villanueva, that group includes edge rusher Justin Houston, linebacker K.J. Wright, edge rusher Melvin Ingram, cornerback Brian Poole, edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan, and cornerback Richard Sherman.

7 responses to “Free agent signings no longer count in compensatory pick formula

  1. Compensatory picks are communism. Ridiculous system that dissuades teams from paying veteran players what they’re worth.

  2. I like the compensatory pick system for players lost, but think the new enhanced system for awarding minority coaches lost needs to be better explained. I wonder if a minority candidate is overlooked by a team in same division to stop the award? Perhaps the compensation system should be developed to reward a pick to the team hiring minority coaches. A second round pick for the Head Coach hired, but only after in place for two seasons. A third for Coordinators, but again, a two year requirement. Any minority hired by the same team in any combined Coordinator/HC for two years gets the appropriate reward. If a minority is hired by another team at the same level or promoted, the loss by the team results in a 4th RD pick.

  3. Comp picks are for losers. Winners catch the big fish early in free agency, not placate to some system that rewards them with a backup safety cut in training camp a year later.

  4. Man, I thought this article was going to say the NFL did away with the rule for good. We all know after the draft that signings don’t count against the compensatory pick formula. I done got click baited.

  5. I remember when you were TyLawPick6 and you extolled the virtues of comp picks because Bill B had more than any other team. How times change.

  6. joeb says:
    May 4, 2021 at 2:23 pm
    I remember when you were TyLawPick6 and you extolled the virtues of comp picks because Bill B had more than any other team. How times change.
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    The more someone looks like they changed the more they are the same.

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