Jets awarded four extra draft picks

Due to free agents lost last year, the NFL awarded the Jets four extra picks in April's draft. They will receive an extra fourth round pick along with three additional selections in the seventh round.<p>

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2004 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams, the NFL announced today.

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 2004 NFL Draft (April 24-25). 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. Two clubs this year (Green Bay and Tampa Bay) will receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents these teams lost were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based on salary and performance).

The following 2004 extra Jet draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council:


4 36-132 NY Jets

7 33-234 NY Jets

7 34-235 NY Jets

7 35-236 NY Jets

Picks 253-255 are supplemental compensatory picks (based on the draft-order formula) to fulfill the number of draft choices permitted by agreement with the NFL Players Association in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

NY JETS Lost: Richie Anderson, James Darling, John Hall, Randy Thomas.

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