Compensatory picks in the NFL are additional draft picks awarded to teams as a form of compensation for losing certain free agents. The formula for it was developed by the NFL that takes into account the free agents a team signs and loses in a particular offseason.
This week, a bunch of picks were given out to several teams and some heavy hitters are cashing in big time.
The Buffalo Bills are projected to get a pick in the 3rd round of next year’s draft. The 49ers are cashing in big-time with two compensatory picks in the third round, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth round.
The Eagles, who are coming off a Super Bowl run, are big winners as well, with one pick in the third, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth. The Saints, who traded head coach Sean Payton to the Denver Broncos this offseason, will get two in the fourth and one in the sixth.
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The Super Bowl champion Chiefs will get two in the fifth round.
The New York Jets, who landed Aaron Rodgers in a trade this offseason, will get one in the sixth and two in the seventh.
The Green Bay Packers, who are headed into a new era without Aaron Rodgers, are projected to get one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to get two in the sixth round.
Additionally, teams that have minority executives or coaches hired as head coaches or general managers of another team are given two third-round compensatory selections by the NFL.
If a team loses one of each hired player in the same season, they are given three, and all three are given in back-to-back seasons starting with the next NFL Draft after the hire.
Only signings that happen before May 1st qualify for consideration, so any further signings will not impact this calculation for the 2024 NFL Draft.
With the NFC’s two biggest powerhouses, the Eagles and 49ers, earning the largest haul of compensatory picks, fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the entire system: