The NFL is set to announce compensatory picks for free agency activity during the 2013 offseason at some point during their meeting in Orlando this week. It doesn’t look like the Redskins are going to get one but there is a chance.
The formula for awarding picks is a secret but we know it is based on the net free agents a team signed and the free agents they lost. The Redskins did not have much activity involving unrestricted free agents last year so it’s easy to sum up.
They lost one free agent when Lorenzo Alexander signed a three-year, $4.62 million contract with the Cardinals. They added one UFA when E. J. Biggers signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
They could cancel each other out. My friend Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com did an excellent breakdown of the situation based on the details of the formula that some have figured out over the years. According to him, the Redskins will not get a pick.
But there is a chance that the Redskins could sneak in with a seventh. The value of players’ contracts goes into the formulation. Since the player the Redskins lost, Alexander, signed a more valuable contract than did Biggers, the one the lost, that could net into a pick for them.
I think the best course here is to stick with the opinion of the Kempski since he did a lot of heavy lifting. But the door is open for the league to throw the Redskins a bone.