The Vikings were shut out of receiving any compensatory draft picks for the second year in a row. That leaves them with picks in the first three rounds, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.
The NFL announced Monday that 32 compensatory picks were given out and, for the second straight year, the Vikings got none.
Sixteen teams ended up dividing 32 compensatory picks, which the league hands out under terms of the collective bargaining agreement. By rule, teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire in the previous year are eligible. The formula used by the NFL was developed by its management council and is based on factors like salary, playing time and postseason honors.
Two teams – Cincinnati and Tennessee – will receive four picks each. The highest of the picks was given to New England – No. 97 overall at the end of the third round. In all, four picks were added to the third round, four in the fourth round, five in the fifth round, four in the sixth round and 19 in the seventh round.
The compensatory picks carry one caveat – they can't be used as part of a trade. The teams assigned those picks must use them.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that team owners might vote whether or not to reduce the number of preseason games and extend the regular season schedule to 17 or 18 games when the owners meet again in May. If voted in, the change wouldn't take effect until 2011 at the earliest.
The NFL extended its agreement with DirecTV to carry the NFL Sunday Ticket package through 2014.
Despite being a month away from the draft, the Detroit Lions announced they are beginning the process of negotiating with the agent for the No. 1 draft pick on a potential contract, hinting that something might get done quickly. This is a ploy other teams have used since the Houston Texans couldn't reach an agreement with Reggie Bush three years ago and signed Mario Williams prior to the draft. Last year, the league had to rule that only the team with the first pick could sign a player prior to the draft, forcing teams to wait to make the call.
The Vikings won't be part of the prime time schedule on opening weekend. It was speculated that the Vikings could meet the Steelers in the Thursday night opener, but that honor went to the Titans. The Bears and Packers will play in the season's first Sunday night game. Reports claim the Ravens asked the league not to schedule them for the regular-season opener at Heinz Field.