Will Richards, DLD Scout
A total of 32 compensatory selections are awarded every year to teams who have lost significant value in free agency. Value is determined almost exclusively by the AAV (Approximate Average Value) of a contract. Players are sorted into tiers based on how much they got paid, as well as things like number of snaps played, and unforeseen circumstances such as a forced retirement. Once all the free agents who moved are accounted for, the league tallies up value and rewards draft picks to teams who lost value.
Players who are cut and signed as unrestricted free agents don’t have any value in the compensatory selection formula, nor do players who are claimed via waivers. (more…)