Now that rosters have been finalized for the 2016 regular season, it’s time to take a look at how the textures of each team shape out to be. I encourage you to take a look at the charts and tables containing texture data at the main page here. As you do so, in this article I’ll list one aspect that I find interesting for all 32 teams–feel free to comment on your own observations below. (more…)
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Now that the NFL’s rosters have been trimmed down to 53 players, it’s time to take a brief review of where OTC’s projections for the 2017 compensatory picks stand. This year, there have been very few changes from the update from May, therefore I won’t repost the table in this article, and instead direct you to view OTC’s main draft page, as well as the cancellation chart. Instead, I’ll just quickly review some of the new things to watch out for. (more…)
With the league offices closing for today, it also closes out the addition of compensatory free agents (CFAs) into the formula for the 2017 NFL Draft. Note that while last year this cutoff date was May 12, it is my belief that from now on the cutoff date will be the second Tuesday after the NFL Draft, as there are several mentions of May 10 in the official free agency press release. With the full slate of potential qualifying CFAs now known, it’s time to take a look at the list that’s emerged.
The official list of the compensatory picks for the 2016 NFL Draft came in about 10 days early this year, and I am quite happy with how it compared with my own projection. As always, here is the post-mortem evaluation to see what I got right and wrong, and what I can improve upon. (more…)
Via Jason La Canfora:
NFL expected to notify teams of awarded comp picks tomorrow. Few weeks earlier than in years past. And now they can be traded! Buckle up!
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2016
In my opinion, this is a welcome development, especially once compensatory picks can become tradeable (and yes, plenty of Tweeters have reminded La Canfora that this will not happen until 2017). Teams should have their whole arsenal of draft picks, compensatory or not, available by the start of free agency. Furthermore, there’s not reason to not release the compensatory picks at the earliest moment possible, which would be after the Super Bowl MVP is announced for possible postseason honors adjustments.
Now that the deluge of free agency signings is behind us, this gives me a moment to comment on something that was discussed during that deluge. The Dolphins rescinded the transition tag that they had originally placed on Olivier Vernon. Adam Schefter generating the prevailing reason among the media as to why:
Dolphins pulled transition tag because they will get a compensatory draft pick when Olivier Vernon leaves; wouldn't have if he left tagged.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
With today opening the period when Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) can begin negotiations with teams other than their own, and free agency officially starting on Wednesday, it also marks the beginning of the formation of the list of 2017 compensatory draft picks. This is a process that will take a little more than one year to complete: it begins on March 9 with the start of free agency, and will likely end on the second to last Monday of 2017 (perhaps March 20, 2017) when the list is officially given to NFL front offices at the league’s annual meeting. Here is what you can expect at OTC as we lead you through this process.