theProf Posted May 14, 2015 Share Posted May 14, 2015 The free agency period for compensatory draft purposes ended on May 12 this year. Unrestricted Free agents signed after May 12 will not factor into the compensatory draft formula. Therefore, this is a good time to try and project if the Falcons might be awarded any comp picks for the 2016 draft.To determine if a team might get comp picks, one has to determine if a team is in a Net Loss situation, ie the compensatory UFAs lost to other teams is greater than the compensatory free agents signed. "Compensatory" free agents would be Unrestricted free agents whose contracts had expired (not cut or released before contract expiration), who are signed during the free agency period (March 10 to May 12 this year), and whose average annual contract compensation is greater than a minimum threshold amount (recent minimum threshold amounts appear to be between $900,000 to $950,000).If a team is in a Net Loss situation, then they will receive comp picks in the next draft = to the Net Loss Amount up to a maximum of 4 picks per team. If a team is in a Net Gain situation, then NO comp pick. No team has ever been awarded a comp pick if they had a Net Gain. If a team is in a -0- Net situation, ie, the UFAs signed were exactly equal to the UFAs lost, then they might receive a 7th round comp pick, if the value of the free agents lost is significantly more than the value of the free agents signed.At this point, I project that Atlanta will NOT be entitled to any comp picks in the 2016 draft because they are currently in a projected Net Gain situation of 2 (7 signed - 5 lost). I project that Atlanta has signed 7 compensable UFAs: Reed, Durant, Clayborn, Schofield, Tamme, Person, and Hankerson. UFAs under the minimum threshold signed by the Falcons include Adams, Moeaki, Mooney, and Jared Smith, and thus will not count in the comp formula. Also Polumbus will not count since he was signed after May 12.I project that Atlanta has lost 5 compensable UFAs: Spoon, Peters, McClain, Josh Wilson, and Lowery. Wilson and Lowery are very near the borderline of the minimum threshold amount with annual compensation of $950,000 each. Atlanta has also lost Quiz Rodgers and Bear Pasco to other teams, but they will not count in the formula because their annual compensation is less than the minimum threhold amount.Things could still change though. If one of the compensable UFAs does not make a team's final roster, then they would not count in the comp formula. For example, if Mike Person and Leonard Hankerson do not make the Falcons final roster, then they would not count in the comp formula as a compensable free agent signed by the Falcons Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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