Are Bucs In Line For An Extra Draft Pick?January 21st, 2014
The NFL has a mysterious system that sometimes awards teams a “compensatory” pick or picks in the NFL Draft.
A franchise can earn one of these by losing free agents that were more valuable than ones it acquired during a given offseason window.
The “value” of free agents lost and signed is determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors, but the NFL doesn’t make the rules public. Per ProFootballTalk.com, the league office determines compensatory picks based on net gains and losses in free agency, for transactions occurring from the start of the league year (March) through June 1.
So based on those guidelines, last offseason Bucs free agents E.J. Biggers, Michael Bennett and Roy Miller were lost to other teams prior to June 1. (Dallas Clark wasn’t signed by the Ravens until the summer.)
Bennett had an excellent season in Seattle, Miller started 14 games for Jacksonville, and Biggers started five for Washington.
In free agency, the Bucs signed bust wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, Brian Leonard, Jonathan Casillas and Dashon Goldson prior to June 1.
So did the Bucs lose more value than they gained? Joe wouldn’t want to be on the NFL panel that makes that ugly call.
Compensatory draft picks can range from Round 3 through Rounds 7. If by some miracle the Bucs score an extra pick in the 2014 draft, Joe would be surprised if it’s anything more than a seventh-rounder. It would surely help the cause if Michael Bennett took home Super Bowl MVP honors, though that would make many Bucs fans ill.