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No compensatory picks forecast for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2009 – 2:38 pm

The NFL will award compensatory draft picks to their clubs at the conclusion of the league’s annual meeting (March 22-25). The resident compensatory pick guru at, who goes only by the name of Adam (and is very accurate) has once again presented his NFL draft compensatory pick predictions, and not surprisingly he has none going to the Bills.

The reason I’m not surprised is of the free agent players that Buffalo lost, none were full time starters on offense or defense. Playing time is a big component as well as the size of their new contract.

None of the players lost by Buffalo that qualified (Jason Webster, Josh Stamer, Michael Gaines, Sam Aiken) had big contracts. Gaines was close (4 yrs $10M),  but not equal to the deals of Kawika Mitchell or Spencer Johnson.

Matt Murphy (signed in Oct.), Kiwaukee Thomas (cut Aug. 9) and Mario Haggan (signed in season) did not qualify because their signings were outside the regular free agency period which closed July 22. Thomas didn’t make his roster and was disqualified.

Now there’s good news and bad news with respect to the rest of the AFC East. First the bad news.

Adam predicts that New England will be awarded 3 compensatory picks (a 3rd, a 5th and a 6th). The 3rd is for the loss of Asante Samuel who made the Pro Bowl and signed for big money, the 5th is for Donte Stallworth, who had a sizable contract despite not doing much and the 6th is for CB/S Randall Gay who went to New Orleans for decent money.

The good news is the Jets and Dolphins aren’t forecast to get any compensatories as well.

Now more bad news. Next year Derrick Dockery and Robert Royal will not count as free agent losses because they were released by the Bills prior to the expiration of their contracts with the club. So they do not qualify as free agent losses for the Bills in 2010.

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