The NFL announced a total of 33 compensatory choices in the 2016 draft, with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers leading the way with four each.
A team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through sixth 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 and not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
While compensatory picks may not be traded this year, a rule change approved by clubs in 2015 will permit compensatory draft picks to be traded beginning in 2017.
First, the picks and who has them, followed by the free agents that made up the calculations and then how many compensatory picks were awarded to each team.
2016 COMPENSATORY PICKS
2015 COMPENSATORY FREE AGENTS
|ARIZONA||Lost||Sam Acho, Antonio Cromartie, Paul Fanaika, Rob Housler, Dan Williams|
|Gained||Mike Iupati, Corey Peters, Cory Redding, Sean Weatherspoon|
|BALTIMORE||Lost||Owen Daniels, Pernell McPhee, Torrey Smith, Darian Stewart, Tyrod Taylor|
|BUFFALO||Lost||Erik Pears, Da’Norris Searcy, Lee Smith, C.J. Spiller|
|CLEVELAND||Lost||Miles Austin, Jordan Cameron, Brian Hoyer, Ahtyba Rubin, Jabaal Sheard, Buster Skrine|
|Gained||Rob Housler, Tramon Williams|
|DALLAS||Lost||Bruce Carter, Justin Durant, Dwayne Harris, Henry Melton, DeMarco Murray, Jermey Parnell, George Selvie|
|Gained||Andrew Gachkar, Greg Hardy, Darren McFadden|
|DENVER||Lost||Orlando Franklin, Nate Irving, Terrance Knighton, Will Montgomery, Rahim Moore, Jacob Tamme, Julius Thomas|
|Gained||Owen Daniels, Darian Stewart|
|DETROIT||Lost||Kellen Davis, Nick Fairley, Garrett Reynolds, Ndamukong Suh|
|GREEN BAY||Lost||Davon House, Tramon Williams|
|NEW ENGLAND||Lost||Akeem Ayers, Brandon Browner, Jonathan Casillas, Darrelle Revis, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Vince Wilfork|
|SAN DIEGO||Lost||Andrew Gachkar, Marcus Gilchrist, Ryan Mathews, Eddie Royal|
|Gained||Orlando Franklin, Patrick Robinson, Jimmy Wilson|
|SAN FRANCISCO||Lost||Perrish Cox, Michael Crabtree, Chris Culliver, Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Dan Skuta|
|Gained||Erik Pears, Torrey Smith|
|SEATTLE||Lost||James Carpenter, Jeron Johnson, Byron Maxwell, O’Brien Schofield, Malcolm Smith|
TEAMS WITH 2016 COMPENSATORY PICKS