News: USAToday: 2019 Free Agency: Dallas Cowboys 2020 Compensatory pick tracker

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    The Dallas Cowboys do not currently have their full compliment of picks for the 2019 NFL draft, missing a couple selections which were traded away for players over the last few years. Most notably, they are without their first rounder for the acquisition of WR Amari Cooper. The club does, for now, have their full compliment of 2020 selections, and they seem to be angling to have a bunch more.

    Outside of trading for more picks, NFL teams have the ability to gain what are known as compensatory picks based on a formula surrounding the prior year’s free agency. Dallas’ avoidance of the free agency market is frustrating to fans who have yet to admit this is their modus operandi, but it will most likely result in additional Day 3 picks for the organization.

    If Dallas loses more out-of-contract (read: not released) free agents than it gains, then they will likely gain some additional 2020 picks. This is how they now have two fourth-rounders in 2019’s draft, after Anthony Hitchens signed a big deal with Kansas City last year.

    So far, the Cowboys have not signed anyone from another team, but have lost two free agents as of the first official day of the 2019 league year.

    We’ll track their all of their additions and subtractions here, and whether or not they qualify for the compensatory formula. The rules are below.

    2019 Compensatory Pick Ledger

    Cole Beasley
    4 yr / $29M
    Damien Wilson
    likely max 7th

    Non-Qualifying Free Agent Moves

    Codey McElroy
    1 yr – $495k
    too little

    Cowboys Free Agents Who Qualify, Not Yet Signed

    • TE Geoff Swaim
    • WR Terrance Williams
    • RB Rod Smith
    • WR Tavon Austin
    • DT Datone Jones
    • DT Caraun Reid
    • DT David Irving (suspended indefinitely)
    • G Marcus Martin
    Qualified Players re-signed by Cowboys

    • DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
    • OT Cam Fleming (two years, $8.5 million)
    • FB Jamize Olawale (three years, $5.4 million, $2.8 million guaranteed)
    • LB Justin March-Lillard (one-year deal)
    • LS L.P. LaDouceur (one-year deal)
    • LB Joe Thomas (option picked up)
    • OL Joe Looney (option picked up)
    Non-Qualified Players signed, re-signed by Cowboys

    • DT Daniel Ross (exclusive rights free agent)
    • S Darian Thompson (in-house, non-tendered RFA)
    • TE Codey McElroy (minimum salary)
    Compensatory Pick Rules

    Here are the rules that govern compensatory selections:

    • There are only 32 compensatory picks available to be spread out amongst the 32 franchises, but they are not distributed equally. Also, no team can receive more than four compensatory picks in any one draft.
    • The picks are distributed across the third through seventh rounds, at the conclusion of the standard 32 picks of each round. Picks are not evenly distributed throughout these rounds, but rather done by a sliding cutoff scale.
    • For each player a team signs, it cancels out a player that team lost. These are canceled out based on the value of the contracts. If a team loses a player valued as a third-round pick, and a player valued as a fifth round pick, but sign a player who’s valued as a third… then the team gets the fifth-round pick compensation. The third-round picks cancel out. However, if they sign a player who’s valued as a fourth, then he would cancel out the lower player, and said team would get compensated with the third-round pick.
    • The primary determining factor of which round a team is compensated with for a lost player is the Adjusted Average Annual Value of that player’s deal with his new team, compared to the rest of the league. There are levels associated with each round of compensation and teams are slotted in order within those rounds based on the rankings. Playing time and postseason awards are factored in at a much lesser weight.
    • The player must stay with his new team through Week 10 of the next season to qualify.
    • Multiple players cannot be rolled into a higher compensatory. For instance, Dallas having 5 players with the last two being 6th round comps, will not move it to a 5th rounder.
    • On top of salary concerns, not every free agent signed or lost qualifies for compensatory consideration. There are ways to sign players that won’t add to the “players signed” ledger. Players who are cut from other teams, players who were RFAs or ERFAs who weren’t tendered, players signed after “May 12th” (specific date will vary year-to-year).


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