- The Cincinnati Bengals probably won't receive any compensatory picks next year, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer.
According to the report written by Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr, the date for which compensatory picks would be applied has already come and gone:
A look at the likely breakdown of the formula which the league churns out the results each March, the Bengals are likely to go without any compensatory picks next year.
The Bengals were more aggressive than normal in free agency of other team's players knowing they likely wouldn't be in the running for compensatory picks because they didn't plan on losing many of their own players. Once they re-signed Clint Boling and Rey Maualuga, their two most prominent free agents, it became a given they wouldn't receive any of the early comp picks. Tight end Jermaine Gresham not signing with another team before the deadline also hurt the Bengals standing within the formula.
Not letting top free agents leave. Check. Watching Terence Newman, Taylor Mays and Marshall Newhouse sign with new teams? Check. Here's a look at most of Cincinnati's transactions during the offseason:
|LB A.J. Hawk||LB Rey Maualuga||CB Terence Newman|
|DE Michael Johnson||PK Mike Nugent||S Taylor Mays|
|DT Pat Sims||OT Eric Winston||OG Marshall Newhouse|
|CB Brandon Ghee||OG Clint Boling|
|QB Josh Johnson||WR Brandon Tate|
|WR Denarius Moore||RB Cedric Peerman|
The lack of compensatory picks for the 2016 NFL draft is agreeable to Over The Cap, who had originally given Cincinnati a seventh-round pick; however by signing defensive tackle Pat Sims, Denarius Moore and Josh Johnson, it negated any opportunities to acquire a compensatory pick.