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NFL says Chiefs won’t get compensatory picks in this year’s draft


03/24/2014 5:37 PM

05/16/2014 12:40 PM

The Chiefs will not receive any compensatory draft picks for this year’s draft, the National Football League announced Monday.

According to a leaguewide news release, the NFL has awarded 32 draft picks to 13 teams based on the result of last year’s free agency period. That was when the Chiefs made a bit of a splash by signing the likes of cornerback Sean Smith, cornerback Dunta Robinson, receiver Donnie Avery and tight end Anthony Fasano.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

So yes, that means the Chiefs ― who have lost seven starters to free agency this offseason from a team that went 11-5 ― appear primed to receive the maximum of four additional picks in next year's draft, in addition to the seven picks they already have.

Compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost. This is determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors that was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula, however.

The complete list of compensatory picks awarded this year can be found


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