Chargers net two compensatory picks

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2007 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams, the NFL announced today. The San Diego Chargers netted the first compensation pick, 96th overall in the third round - a result of losing Drew Brees to New Orleans via free agency. They also picked up the 172nd pick in the fifth round.

Under terms of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in a year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.

The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 223 choices in the seven rounds of the 2007 NFL Draft (April 28-29). 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.

One club this year (Cincinnati) will receive a compensatory pick even though it did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents Cincinnati lost were ranked higher than the ones it signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

The following 2007 draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council:

3 33-96 San Diego
3 34-97 San Francisco
3 35-98 Indianapolis
3 36-99 Oakland

4 33-132 Pittsburgh
4 34-133 Atlanta
4 35-134 Baltimore
4 36-135 San Francisco
4 37-136 Indianapolis
4 38-137 Baltimore

5 33-170 Pittsburgh
5 34-171 New England
5 35-172 San Diego
5 36-173 Indianapolis
5 37-174 Baltimore

6 33-207 Baltimore
6 34-208 New England
6 35-209 New England
6 36-210 Seattle

7 33-243 Green Bay
7 34-244 Atlanta
7 35-245 Tampa Bay
7 36-246 Tampa Bay
7 37-247 New England
7 38-248 St. Louis
7 39-249 St. Louis
7 40-250 New York Giants
7 41-251 Jacksonville
7 42-252 Jacksonville
7 43-253 Cincinnati
7 44-254 Oakland
7 45-255 Detroit

Picks 254 and 255 are supplemental compensatory picks (based upon draft-order formula) to fulfill the number of draft choices permitted by agreement with the NFL Players Association in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Following are the compensatory free agents lost and signed by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2007 NFL Draft:

ATLANTA Lost: Barry Stokes, Kevin Shaffer

BALTIMORE Lost: Will Demps, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Chester Taylor, Anthony Weaver, Anthony Wright, Dave Zastudil

Signed: Justin Bannan

CINCINNATI Lost: Jon Kitna, Matt Schobel

Signed: Anthony Wright, Dexter Jackson

GREEN BAY Lost: Mike Flanagan, Paris Lenon, Ryan Longwell, Craig Nall

Signed: Marquand Manuel, Ryan Pickett, Charles Woodson

INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Edgerrin James, David Thornton, Larry Tripplett, Mike Vanderjagt

Signed: Adam Vinatieri

JACKSONVILLE Lost: Akin Ayodele, Ephraim Salaam, Jamie Winborn, Kenny Wright

Signed: Nick Greisen, Brian Williams

NEW ENGLAND Lost: Tom Ashworth, Matt Chatham, Andre Davis, Tim Dwight, Christian Fauria, David

Givens, Adam Vinatieri

Signed: Reche Caldwell

NEW YORK GIANTS Lost: Will Allen, Kendrick Clancy, Nick Greisen, Shaun Williams

Signed: Jason Bell, Will Demps, R.W. McQuarters

OAKLAND Lost: Renaldo Hill, Charles Woodson

Signed: Lance Johnstone

PITTSBURGH Lost: Chris Hope, Antwaan Randle El, Kimo von Oelhoffen

Signed: Ryan Clark

ST. LOUIS Lost: Adam Archuleta, Tyoka Jackson, Damione Lewis, Jamie Martin, Ryan Pickett,

Rex Tucker

Signed: Fakhir Brown, Corey Chavous, Todd Steussie, Will Witherspoon

SAN DIEGO Lost: Drew Brees, Reche Caldwell, Ben Leber, Justin Peelle

Signed: Marlon McCree, Aaron Shea

SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Andre Carter, Anthony Clement, Julian Peterson

Signed: Antonio Bryant

SEATTLE Lost: Ryan Hannam, Steve Hutchinson, Joe Jurevicius, Marquand Manuel

Signed: Tom Ashworth, Russell Davis, Julian Peterson

TAMPA BAY Lost: Jameel Cook, Dexter Jackson, Todd Steussie

Signed: Jamie Winborn


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