Packers get no extra picks

For the first time since 1995, the Green Bay Packers will enter the NFL Draft without any compensatory selections. The National Football League awarded compensatory picks Monday based on the losses of each team's unrestricted free agents in 2004.<p>

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the upcoming draft were awarded to 14 teams. 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 Packers lost punter Josh Bidwell (Tampa Bay) and safety Antuan Edwards (Miami) last year in free agency. The Packers acquired free agent safety Mark Roman and punter Bryan Barker to replace Bidwell and Edwards.

The Packers received one compensatory selection last year, which they used to select center Scott Wells in the seventh round. Green Bay had four compensatory selections in the 2003, 2000 and 1999 NFL drafts.

Green Bay currently has the 24th pick in the first round, two second round choices, and one in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

Since 1993, when the NFL Management Council began awarding compensatories based on net losses in unrestricted free agency, only Dallas (25) has received more than Green Bay (22). Teams cannot trade these 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 will supplement the 223 choices in the seven rounds of the draft (April 23-24). 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.

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