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Bengals not projected to receive any compensatory picks in 2016

The Cincinnati Bengals haven't lost much in free agency and actually had a gain. Therefore the Bengals aren't projected to receive any compensatory picks during next year's draft.

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  • The Cincinnati Bengals probably won't receive any compensatory picks next year, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer.
In an obsessive effort to dictate parity, the league created a system for teams to receive some sort of "compensation" if they lose more free agents than they acquire via additional picks in the NFL draft. What level of compensation that they receive matters in terms of contracts, playing time, etc... As noted by "Over the Cap", the "primary factor in the value of the picks awarded is the average annual value of the contract the player signed with his new team."

The Bengals received a third round compensatory pick during the 2015 NFL draft when Michael Johnson left for Tampa Bay last year, and a fourth-round pick for Anthony Collins' departure. They used those picks to select TCU linebacker Paul Dawson and Arizona State defensive tackle Marcus Hardison.

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.

OTC compensatory picks