Vikings will not get a compensatory Draft pick in 2014, NFL announces
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The Vikings won't be given extra compensatory picks, according to an NFL announcement Monday.
The league announced 32 compensatory picks, which will go to 13 different teams as repayment for losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquired the previous year.
Here is an excerpt from an NFL release to explain the system:
This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.
Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
For the Vikings to not receive one of these picks is not a total shocker. And not receiving one altogether is better than earning one and not getting it, like several teams.
The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory picks to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, three clubs - Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati - qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks.
A similar thing happened to the Raiders, who effectively ranked 36th, and they will not get a compensatory pick.
In case it's not already marked on your calendar in bold red pen, the NFL Draft begins May 8 at 7 p.m. Central.