With the NFL Draft season in full swing, the number of selections each team has been finalized, as compensatory picks have been announced, and the NFL has awarded the Cincinnati Bengals two compensatory picks, both in the seventh-round at #240 and #251 overall. This gives the Bengals ten draft picks this year.
Each team can be awarded as high as an extra third-round pick. Blogging the Best broke down every NFL team’s projected compensatory picks, and they believe the Bengals will get two extra 7th-round draft picks:
Here are the basics that affect compensatory picks:
1. Players that are cut or not tendered as RFAs and ERFAs are not counted.
2. Players earning low minimum salaries do not count.
3. Each player signed cancels out one player lost.
4. The round of the pick awarded is primarily determined by the annual value of the contract signed. Signed players cancel out lost players with equal contracts, then lower contracts, before canceling out higher contracts.
Cincinnati had a wild free agency period. Jonathan Fanene, Frostee Rucker, and Nate Livings were signed away for surprisingly high contracts. But New England cut Fanene, and the Bengals spent money on Jason Allen and Jamaal Anderson. Allen has barely played, and Anderson is one of the IR players on a 2-year contract. They ended up with two 7th rounders after losing draft disappointments Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson