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Declined Team Options Will No Longer Allow Players To Become Compensatory Free Agents

One of the odd quirks of the NFL’s complicated compensatory pick formula is that if a contract includes a team option on a future year of the contract, and the team declines that option, making the player an unrestricted free agent, that player would qualify as a compensatory free agent (CFA) in the team’s favor.

This quirk has never made sense with regard to the spirit of the idea behind compensatory picks: that teams should be compensated for players that they lose beyond their control. For example, this has been consistent with regard to any contract that was terminated, or if a team declines to offer a restricted free agent tender–in each case, the team had a way to keep the player if they so wanted to. In practice, the team also has the same choice when declining a team option, but the compensatory formula still counted it. Historically, the teams that have exploited this loophole are the Patriots, Broncos, and Ravens, and in recent years the 49ers under John Lynch and the Eagles under Howie Roseman have also been exceptionally aggressive about it.

But this is coming to an end. A source informs OTC’s Brad Spielberger that players who have their team options declined will no longer qualify as compensatory free agents.

While this is a big change for projecting future compensatory picks, there are a few additional facets, some of which may still cast questions on how this rule change will be handled.

First, this rule changes does not apply to players on first round rookie contracts that had their fifth year option declined. This is likely because, unlike the problematic team options described above that are singularly negotiated between a player and a team, these fifth year options are mandated leaguewide by Art. 7, §7 of the CBA.

Second, it is unclear precisely when this rule change occurred. It is clear that the rule change did not affect the 2018 compensatory picks, as Denver got a 3rd rounder after declining Russell Okung’s option. But I was unable to find a similar example among the 2019 comp picks. For the time being, we believe that the best guess is at the start of the 2019 league year on March 13.

For the upcoming 2020 comp picks projection, the only player that could be affected by this rule change is Nick Foles. However, his situation is complex. Philadelphia actually exercised his team option, but then Foles immediately countered that move by declining his own player option, becoming a free agent. I will not be changing my projection that the loss of Foles will earn the Eagles a 3rd round comp pick, but I will add a note in my projection in case I’m wrong.

Finally, it is also unclear whether contracts signed before whenever the rule change was made will be granted a grandfather clause by the compensatory formula. The answer to this question may alter the plans of some teams as to how they want to handle the contracts of players with upcoming team options.

The following is a list of players that have team options on their upcoming contracts. Option deadlines highlighted in yellow are ones that for the 2020 year of that contract. We will have to keep a close eye on whether or not these contracts have their options declined or not as we get closer to the start of the 2020 league year, and make a special case as to whether or not these players will qualify as CFAs if their options are declined.

PlayerTeamDate SignedOption DeadlineOption Year(s)
Von MillerBroncos7/15/20163/17/20202020
Von MillerBroncos7/15/20163/9/20212021
Vance McDonaldSteelers12/9/20163/17/20202020
Vance McDonaldSteelers12/9/20163/9/20212021
Ronald LearyBroncos3/10/20173/17/20202020
Kyle Juszczyk49ers3/10/20173/17/20202020
Brandon CarrRavens3/16/20173/17/20202020
Brandon McManusBroncos9/11/20173/17/20202020
K’Waun Williams49ers9/29/20173/17/20202020
Daniel KilgoreDolphins2/14/20183/17/20202020
Jerick McKinnon49ers3/1/20183/9/20212021
Start of 2018 League Year
Todd DavisBroncos3/14/20183/17/20202020
Weston Richburg49ers3/14/20183/9/20212021
Weston Richburg49ers3/14/20183/8/20222022
Nickell Robey-ColemanRams3/15/20183/17/20202020
Dontari PoePanthers3/18/20183/15/20202020
Jarius WrightPanthers3/20/20183/17/20202020
Cameron ErvingChiefs9/4/20183/17/20202020
Jarrod WilsonJaguars1/21/20192/25/20202020
Bobby MassieBears1/31/20193/19/20212021
Bobby MassieBears1/31/20193/15/20212022-2023
Spencer LongBills2/12/20193/17/20202020
Spencer LongBills2/12/20193/13/20212021
Marcell DareusJaguars2/26/20192/25/20202020
Matt SchaubFalcons3/5/20192/25/20202020
Isaac SeumaloEagles3/5/20194/2/20202022-2024
Jason KelceEagles3/5/20193/27/20202021
Brandon GrahamEagles3/11/20194/2/20202021-2023
Eric WeddleRams3/11/20193/17/20202020
Brett KernTitans3/11/20193/12/20212021-2022
Start of 2019 League Year
Nigel BradhamEagles3/13/20193/17/20202020
Nigel BradhamEagles3/13/20193/12/20212021
Nigel BradhamEagles3/13/20193/12/20222022
Adrian PetersonRedskins3/14/20192/25/20202020
Jason McCourtyPatriots3/14/20193/17/20202020
Jamize OlawaleCowboys3/14/20193/17/20202020-2021
DeSean JacksonEagles3/14/20193/22/20202021
Ja’Wuan JamesBroncos3/15/20193/12/20222022
Cameron FlemingCowboys3/15/20193/17/20202020
Mark Nzeocha49ers3/15/20193/12/20212021
Chris ConleyJaguars3/16/20192/25/20202020
Chris ReedPanthers3/19/20193/17/20202020
Robbie Gould49ers7/14/201912/31/20202021-2022
Damon HarrisonLions8/22/20193/15/20212021

New OTC Features: Valuation Diamond, Games Missed Data, & Injury Adjusted Valuations

I’m happy to introduce several additions and updates to Over The Cap that have been much time in the making. Let’s jump right in to explain what’s new.

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Projecting The 2020 Compensatory Picks

UPDATE – January 8: This projection has been revised to account for a correction to the qualification of Mike Iupati. Please read more here.

UPDATE 2 – January 31: With the news that declined options may no longer allow players to become compensatory free agents, an additional note has been made on the possibility of alterations to this projection. Please read more here.

This article refers specifically to OTC’s projection for the 2020 NFL Draft’s compensatory picks. For details on the basics and methodology of projecting compensatory picks in general, please reference this article.

To understand how this projection is generated for each team, please reference the compensatory picks cancellation charts here.

The Projection

TeamRoundCompensated Free AgentAPY
NE3Trey Flowers$18,000,000
NYG3Landon Collins$14,000,000
NE3Trent Brown$16,250,000
SEA3Earl Thomas$13,750,000
HOU3Tyrann Mathieu$14,000,000
PIT3Le’Veon Bell$13,125,000
PHI3Nick Foles$22,000,000
BAL4C.J. Mosley$17,000,000
LAR4Rodger Saffold$11,000,000
MIN4Sheldon Richardson$11,933,333
TB4Kwon Alexander$13,500,000
PHI4Jordan Hicks$9,000,000
WAS4Jamison Crowder$9,500,000
MIA4Ja’Wuan James$12,750,000
SEA4Justin Coleman$9,000,000
CHI4Adrian Amos$8,500,000
BAL4John Brown$9,000,000
PHI4Golden Tate$9,350,000
DEN5Billy Turner$7,000,000
DAL5Cole Beasley$7,250,000
NE6Malcom Brown$5,000,000
NE6Cordarrelle Patterson$5,000,000
SEA6Shamar Stephen$4,150,000
NYG7Mario Edwards$2,500,000
HOU7Kendall Lamm$2,225,000
HOU7Christian Covington$1,687,500
MIA7Brandon Bolden$1,850,000
DEN7Max Garcia$1,796,875
MIN7Trevor Siemian$2,000,000
MIN7Tom Compton$1,600,000
DEN7Tramaine Brock$1,325,000
NYG7Josh Mauro$1,300,000
Compensation over 32-pick limit; not awarded
NYG7Kerry Wynn$1,212,500

Note that although there are 33 eligible compensatory picks listed in this projection, each year only exactly 32 picks are awarded. Therefore, the pick that ranks 33rd is not awarded, although the official release will typically acknowledge presence of any comp picks in excess of 32, as this list does with strikethrough text.

Compensatory picks became tradeable beginning with the 2017 NFL Draft. This year, there has been one such trade thus far, with the Texans sending a 3rd round comp pick to the Browns for Duke Johnson–although it may be unclear as to which pick is sent to Cleveland should the Texans receive two 3rd round comp picks.

I expect the official release to come out on February 21, the Friday before the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Releasing the list then is sensible, as it allows executives at the Combine to discuss possible trades with full knowledge of their draft capital.

Cutoff Projections

It was suggested via the resolution allowing comp picks to be traded on December 2, 2015 that the cutoffs between each rounds and whether or not a player had an APY high enough to qualify was determined by a “rank[ing] against all players in the League who are on rosters at the end of the season”. I have conjectured from this evidence that the cutoffs are based on a percentile system. After refining the OTC’s program following the official release of the 2017 compensatory picks, it’s my guess that the percentiles operate on even percentages divisible by five, as illustrated in the table below.

The most difficult part of projecting the compensatory picks is accurately identifying where these cutoffs lie. That is because the larger subset of the leaguewide players of which the smaller subset of compensatory free agents are judged against is never the same size, and requires accurately tracking roster transactions for thousands of players–a feat that will always have a margin of error.

At the end of the 2019 regular season, OTC’s database identified a total of 1,958 players that were either on the active roster or reserve lists, and had also been on a roster for at least 10 games during the 2019 regular season. As explained in the general methodology in the previous link, the cutoffs for each round and for qualifying as a compensatory free agent (CFA) have been established by this projection on certain percentile ranks of all players on the active roster and reserve lists at the end of the regular season, sorted by APY adjusted for snap counts in descending order and also represented by the player at the cutoff point. For 2019, these cutoffs are as follows:

RoundPercentileOverall RankRepresentative Player
3rd/4th95th (top 5%)99Trumaine Johnson
4th/5th90th (top 10%)197Eddie Goldman
5th/6th85th (top 15%)295Solomon Thomas
6th/7th75th (top 25%)491Robby Anderson
7th/Qualify50th (top 50%)980Chuma Edoga

A change in the cutoff calculation at the top

After reviewing the previous five seasons of compensatory pick projections, it is my belief that in the past, I incorrectly calculated the APY of players leaguewide whose contracts were extended. I believe this error was most grievous in 2018, a draft in which I projected too many 3rd round comp picks to be awarded. By correcting this possible error, the most significant change is that more players have jumped ahead in order of the compensatory free agents from the 2019 offseason, particularly in the 3rd round. That means that several players whose contracts I initially projected as 3rd rounders may instead only be 4th rounders. While I hope that I’m correct in making this correction, I don’t have the highest confidence in that, and I could be wrong, which would restore several previously projected 3rd round comp picks.

Players On The Cutoff Bubbles

While it is my hope that my projection of where the cutoffs lie is correct, there is enough of a margin of error that the players that are very close to them may fall on the opposite side of where I have them projected. In most cases, if I’m wrong it means that the team in question will still get a comp pick for that player, but that it may be in a round higher or lower. But in a few cases (those are bolded), it could change cancellations, possibly taking away or greatly devaluing a projected comp pick—or possibly adding or greatly upgrading a comp pick.

3rd/4th

  • Nick Foles (Philadelphia): #86
  • Projected 3rd/4th cutoff: #99
  • CJ Mosley (Baltimore): #101
  • Rodger Saffold (Los Angeles Rams): #107
  • Sheldon Richardson (Minnesota): #112
  • Kareem Jackson (Houston): #119
  • Kwon Alexander (Tampa Bay): #134

4th/5th

  • John Brown (Baltimore): #187
  • Golden Tate (Philadelphia): #189
  • Projected 3rd/4th cutoff: #195

5th/6th

  • Projected 5th/6th cutoff: #295
  • Cameron Wake (Miami): #309

6th/7th

  • None (Projected 6th/7th cutoff: #491)

7th/Qualifying

  • None (Projected 6th/7th cutoff: #980)

Qualifying/Valuation Questions

The level at which teams are becoming more mindful of compensatory picks has reached new highs. This once again includes the rule where compensatory free agents will not qualify if they are not on their roster past Week 10 (this year, the Sunday games took place on November 10). This year, notable cuts right before this date include LJ Fort (cut by Philadelphia September 27), Deone Bucannon (cut by Tampa Bay October 9), Justin Bethel (cut by Baltimore October 21–and acknowledged by John Harbaugh as comp picks being the reason why), Donte Moncrief (cut by Pittsburgh November 2), Andrew Sendejo (cut by Philadelphia November 5), and Mike Davis (cut by Chicago November 9).

While I have high confidence that all these players, among others cut before Week 10, will not qualify, two that will be specifically noted in the altering scenarios below will be Moncrief and Davis. That’s because both were claimed off waivers by the Panthers, thus spending more than 10 weeks on NFL rosters. The precedent of Martellus Bennett not qualifying in 2018 makes me believe that Moncrief and Davis will not qualify, but because that’s the only precedent I have on record, it’s safe to note what would happen if I’m wrong–and it would be bad news for Pittsburgh and/or Chicago.

There are two players that I am guessing will not qualify to become compensatory free agents due to having their previous contracts shortened via renegotiation. On March 16, 2018, Latavius Murray and the Vikings renegotiated his contract that included deleting the 2019 year, allowing him to become a free agent one year earlier. Murray subsequently signed with New Orleans on March 12, 2019. Similarly, on March 15, 2018, Mike Iupati and the Cardinals renegotiated his contract that including voiding his 2019 year for salary cap proration purposes. Iupati subsequently signed with Seattle on March 14, 2019. If I am wrong about either or both of these players not qualifying, it will change the comp picks awarded to Minnesota and/or Seattle.

UPDATE – January 8: I now believe that my initial analysis of Iupati’s renegotiation is incorrect.

A source that OTC considers reliable informs us that Iupati will indeed qualify as a compensatory free agent. The reason why is that Iupati’s renegotiation occurred immediately before the start of the 2018 league year, despite being first reported in the media immediately after the start of the new league year. The explanation is that renegotiations that shorten a contract only disqualify a player from becoming a CFA if the shortening causes the contract to expire in the same league year that the renegotiation occurred. If true, this would help better explain why Adrian Peterson qualified as a CFA in favor of Minnesota in 2018 despite shortening his contract via renegotiation, as that renegotiation happened well before this cited cutoff date of the start of the new league year.

A similar question regarding void years was raised with Alex Okafor, who went from New Orleans to Kansas City as an unrestricted free agent. In Okafor’s case, a late renegotiation in his two year deal with the Saints transformed a player option to void the second year should Okafor log three or more sacks to an automatic void. I am guessing that Okafor will qualify as a CFA because the void year existed in the original contract, and was not created via renegotiation. If I’m wrong about that, it will help out the Chiefs’ comp pick standing.

UPDATE – January 31: There is now doubt on whether players who arrived to free agency via declined options now qualify as compensatory free agents. You may learn more about this doubt here.

As far as the projection for the 2020 comp picks go, the only player possibly affected by this potential rule change that is relevant to the results is Nick Foles. However, his situation is complex. Philadelphia actually exercised his team option, but then Foles immediately countered that move by declining his own player option, becoming a free agent. Due to this complexity, and the fact that Foles was able to leave Philadelphia against the Eagles’ will, I am still projecting that Philadelphia will get a 3rd round comp pick for losing him. But this new discovery means that there’s a chance that I could be wrong.

Possible Altering Scenarios

  • Chicago
    • If Mike Davis qualifies, Chicago will not get a 4th for Adrian Amos.
  • Houston
    • If Kareem Jackson’s contract is valued in the 3rd round, Houston will get a 3rd for him instead of a 7th for Kendall Lamm.
  • Kansas City
    • If Alex Okafor does not qualify, Kansas City will get a 4th for Steven Nelson.
  • Miami
    • If Cameron Wake’s contract is valued in the 5th round, Miami will get a 5th for him instead of a 7th for Brandon Bolden.
  • Minnesota
    • If Latavius Murray qualifies, Minnesota will get a 6th or a 7th for him.
  • Philadelphia
    • If Nick Foles does not qualify, Philadelphia will not get a 3rd for him.
  • Pittsburgh
    • If Donte Moncrief qualifies, Pittsburgh will not get a 3rd for Le’Veon Bell.
  • Seattle
    • If Mike Iupati does not qualify, Seattle will get a 7th for Brett Hundley.

2020 Compensatory Picks Projection Update (9/25/2019)

With a few weeks of snap counts in the books for the 2019 regular season, let’s take a look at where the 2020 compensatory picks projection stands.

First, let’s start with identifying some changes from last May that I feel will be permanent.

  • The Cardinals cut Kevin White, which was bad for the Bears, as that caused the Bears to lose their one and only projected comp pick, a fourth rounder for Adrian Amos. The Bears’ league leading active drought of comp picks is likely to go from ten to eleven drafts.
  • The Cardinals caused two teams to fall completely off the 2020 comp pick list, by cutting Darius Philon after an arrest for threatening to shoot a woman outside a strip club. That was bad news for the Chargers, as this transaction caused them to lose their 4th round comp pick for Tyrell Williams.
  • The Chargers weren’t the only AFC West team to leave the list: after the Colts first placed Spencer Ware on reserve/PUP, then, at Ware’s request, released him from that list, the Chiefs lost their 4th round comp pick for Steven Nelson. Unlike with the Chargers, however, there’s a faint hope that the Chiefs’ pick could come back, as explained below.
  • The 49ers cut Jordan Matthews, and that caused the Eagles to lose their 4th round comp pick for Golden Tate.
  • The Lions cut CJ Anderson, resulting in the loss of a 4th round comp pick for Lamarcus Joyner.
  • However, there was one transaction that did cause a team to gain a comp pick. That was when Dallas cut George Iloka, opening up a 5th rounder to the Cowboys for losing Cole Beasley.

All of these losses of mid round comp picks have created a situation not seen since 2013: few, if any comp picks not being awarded due to missing the 32 pick limit. This is good news for teams like Denver, Minnesota, and the New York Giants who were previously at risk for missing out on 7th rounders due to that limit. As I’ll explain below, as it stands now there are 33 eligible comp picks, and as I see it, that number may fall to exactly 32, opening the way for Tampa Bay to be awarded with the rare net value 7th rounder for losing and gaining the same number of CFAs, but with the ones lost being valued significantly higher.

Meanwhile, this year there has been an unusual amount of movement on the compensatory picks board that I believe is largely caused to injuries to key players, most but not all of whom are compensatory free agents. Most of these changes I do not expect to linger as the players in question return to full health, but just in case they don’t, it’s at least worthwhile to study some of these changes that could stick.

For this update, I’ll do something different by displaying two tables. The first one is where the projections stand right now, after Week 3. The second one is an injury-adjusted table that attempts to take into account when some of those injured players might come back, by adjusting their snap counts accordingly.

Current Projection
TeamRoundCompensated Free AgentAPY
NE3Trent Brown$16,250,000
NYG3Landon Collins$14,000,000
HOU3Tyrann Mathieu$14,000,000
SEA3Earl Thomas$13,750,000
NE3Trey Flowers$18,000,000
PIT3Le’Veon Bell$13,125,000
LAR3Rodger Saffold$11,000,000
HOU3Kareem Jackson$11,000,000
PHI3Nick Foles$22,000,000
MIN3Sheldon Richardson$11,933,333
BAL4C.J. Mosley$17,000,000
WAS4Jamison Crowder$9,500,000
SEA4Justin Coleman$9,000,000
BAL4John Brown$9,000,000
KC4Steven Nelson$8,500,000
MIA4Ja’Wuan James$12,750,000
DEN5Billy Turner$7,000,000
DAL5Cole Beasley$7,250,000
MIA5Cameron Wake$7,666,667
NE6Malcom Brown$5,000,000
NE6Cordarrelle Patterson$5,000,000
SEA6Shamar Stephen$4,150,000
SEA7Mike Davis$2,975,000
NYG7Mario Edwards$2,500,000
MIN7Trevor Siemian$2,000,000
HOU7Christian Covington$1,687,500
DEN7Max Garcia$1,796,875
DEN7Tramaine Brock$1,325,000
MIN7Tom Compton$1,600,000
NYG7Josh Mauro$1,300,000
MIN7Andrew Sendejo$1,200,000
NYG7Kerry Wynn$1,300,000
Compensation over 32-pick limit; not awarded
TB7net value
Injury-Adjusted Projection
TeamRoundCompensated Free AgentAPY
NE3Trent Brown$16,250,000
NYG3Landon Collins$14,000,000
HOU3Tyrann Mathieu$14,000,000
SEA3Earl Thomas$13,750,000
NE3Trey Flowers$18,000,000
PHI3Nick Foles$22,000,000
PIT3Le’Veon Bell$13,125,000
BAL3C.J. Mosley$17,000,000
LAR3Rodger Saffold$11,000,000
MIA3Ja’Wuan James$12,750,000
HOU3Kareem Jackson$11,000,000
MIN3Sheldon Richardson$11,933,333
WAS4Jamison Crowder$9,500,000
SEA4Justin Coleman$9,000,000
BAL4John Brown$9,000,000
DAL5Cole Beasley$7,250,000
MIA5Cameron Wake$7,666,667
NE6Malcom Brown$5,000,000
DEN6Shaquil Barrett$4,000,000
NE6Cordarrelle Patterson$5,000,000
SEA6Shamar Stephen$4,150,000
SEA7Mike Davis$2,975,000
NYG7Mario Edwards$2,500,000
MIN7Trevor Siemian$2,000,000
HOU7Christian Covington$1,687,500
DEN7Max Garcia$1,796,875
DEN7Tramaine Brock$1,325,000
MIN7Tom Compton$1,600,000
NYG7Josh Mauro$1,300,000
MIN7Andrew Sendejo$1,200,000
NYG7Kerry Wynn$1,300,000
TB7net value

Here are the changes that I do not necessarily expect to stay, and why:

  • Philadelphia’s 3rd rounder for Nick Foles is now one of the lowest 3rd rounders instead of the highest due to his broken clavicle. However, his contract is of so high value that I do not forecast it leaving the 3rd round. If reports that Foles could return by Week 11 hold up, the pick for Foles should fall somewhere in the middle of the other 3rd round comp picks.
  • CJ Mosley’s groin injury from Week 1 has demoted his comp pick value to Baltimore from the 3rd to the 4th round. While it’s unclear when Mosley will return, I forecast that he would need to miss 13 games–an amount that feels unlikely–in order for that demotion to stick.
  • Similarly, Miami’s comp pick for Ja’Wuan James has been demoted to a 4th rounder due to a knee injury he suffered early in Week 1. Unlike with Mosley, there’s a higher change that this demotion could stick. My forecasting suggests that missing six games–of which James has done half of so far–could be enough to keep his contract valued in the 4th round.
  • Denver’s bad luck with injury doesn’t end with James: Bryce Callahan has also been indefinitely sidelined due to lingering recovery from his foot injury from the prior season. The only possible faint positive for the Broncos there is that if Callahan were to miss 10 or more games, his contract may fall in value to a 6th rounder, meaning that Denver would get a 5th for Billy Turner instead of a 6th for Shaq Barrett.
  • Although Trevor Siemian and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have been placed on IR, it appears that even missing almost all of the season will not lower their contract values to the point that they would not qualify for the compensatory formula.
  • The biggest surprise has been Jordan Devey, on a minimum salary benefit contract, emerging as a starter with the Raiders. This has happened due to a combination of injuries suffered by Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good, as well as a two game suspension of Richie Incognito. This is unexpected good news for the Chiefs, as if Devey’s qualification sticks, it would reopen their 4th round comp pick for Steven Nelson that they lost when the Colts cut Ware. However, I forecast that in order for that stick, Devey would need to start at least 13 games, something that strikes me as unlikely at this point.

There are a couple other observations to make. One is that Minnesota’s 3rd rounder for Sheldon Richardson is very much on the cusp of falling to a 4th rounder, as defensive linemen tend to not get as many snaps as other positions. Vikings fans should want Richardson to stay healthy and play as much as possible.

The other is that the Texans may pick up a second 3rd round comp pick that would be for Kareem Jackson, instead of a 7th rounder for Kendall Lamm. The reason for this is that Bradley Roby has barely fallen to the 4th round in value, thus avoiding his contract canceling out Jackson’s. However, it’s a very narrow needle being threaded between these two players, and should Roby’s contract inch back up to the 3rd round, the Texans would revert back to a 7th for Lamm instead of a 3rd Jackson. Texans fans should want Jackson to remain healthy and playing nearly all snaps in Denver, as he has done so thus far.

Finally, there are still some opportunities for teams to pick up comp picks if they cut certain players before Week 10:

  • The removal of Matthews from the Eagles’ CFAs lost column means that Philadelphia must now cut both Andrew Sendejo and LJ Fort to regain their 4th rounders for Tate and Jordan Hicks. However, with Sendejo logging a solid 41.6% of offensive snaps so far, and Fort being a leading special teams player, Howie Roseman may consider their contributions now greater than 4th round comp picks later.
  • Steelers fans were not happy with Donte Moncrief’s performance early in the season, and the team heard that loud and clear as he was benched last week. If Pittsburgh cuts Moncrief before Week 10, they open up a 7th rounder for Fort–and also further protect their 3rd rounder for Le’Veon Bell should the Eagles cut Fort for their own comp pick reasons as described above.
  • Lastly, the Bucs still have the ability to turn their net value 7th into a 3rd for Kwon Alexander if they cut one of their CFAs before Week 10. The most likely candidate would be Deone Bucannon, who has been strictly a special teamer in Tampa Bay thus far.

Evaluation Of The 2015 Rookie Classes

The Collective Bargaining Agreement is structured in such a way that teams have inexpensive and exclusive control over players during their first four accrued seasons, before they can earn unrestricted free agency. Now that most of the 2015 rookie classes have done so, let’s take a look how those incoming players as a whole did, and look at classes that contributed the most and least on the basis of snap counts, and then see how many of those players got vested veteran contracts during this offseason.

If you wish to see all rookie classes, visit OTC’s Rookie Class Evalaution page here, and learn about the methodology behind this project here. (more…)

2020 Compensatory Draft Picks Update (5/13/2019)

When May 7th passed, the second Tuesday after the 2019 NFL Draft, it also closed out the addition of compensatory free agents (CFAs) into the formula for the 2020 NFL Draft. After waiting to gain knowledge of relevant contracts, we can now take a look at the 2020 compensatory picks list, with only CFA subtractions now possible due to cuts or too low of a salary. (more…)

Contracts In Question After The 2019 NFL Draft

With the 2019 NFL Draft now in the books, it’s time to take a quick look at some veteran players whose contracts may be thrown into question after rookie acquisitions made by their current teams.

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