15 teams were awarded compensatory picks.
The Cincinnati Bengals were not one of them.
The NFL announced that 32 compensatory picks were to be awarded to the teams. The release, which took place Tuesday, noted compensation picks are awarded on the following basis.
“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. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year.”
The Bengals have had 35 added picks from this rule in their lengthy history. That said, teams aren’t allowed to get compensatory picks that are before the third round, and they're based on the quality of free agents that are lost the prior offseason.
The Bengals, per the formula, didn’t lose any free agent that was worthy of receiving a compensatory pick for. The Bengals were awarded an additional sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but that was the last pick they were able to secure for the loss of free agents.
That said, this announcement didn’t come as a shock as we’ve known Cincinnati wouldn’t be gaining any additional draft capital for a while now, but it’s disappointing to see that truth become a reality.