By Tim Graham
The NFL today released the results of its mysterious formula that awards compensatory draft choices to teams that lost more in the previous year's free agency than they acquired.
The Buffalo Bills, as expected, didn't get any compensatory draft picks after signing notable free agents Mario Williams and Mark Anderson last year.
Based on how free agency has unfolded so far this year, Buffalo should get bonus picks in 2014. Here is how the NFL explains the process, without providing any additional insight:
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.
The NFL doled out 32 compensatory selections to 16 teams today. The Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens collected a league-high four extra picks. Four is the maximum allotment.
The Miami Dolphins were the only AFC East team to get compensatory picks, a fifth- and a seventh-rounder.
Compensatory picks cannot be traded.
Since the compensatory system was implemented in 1994, the Bills have been awarded 26 picks, tied for seventh-most in the league.
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