NFL awards Bengals two compensatory draft picks
The Bengals will receive two compensatory picks in May’s NFL Draft the league announced on Monday.
Cincinnati will receive an extra pick in the sixth and in the seventh rounds this year. The extra pick in the sixth round will be the 36th pick in the round and No. 212 overall. The extra pick in the seventh round will be the 37th in the round and No. 252 overall.
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they sign the previous year, with up to 32 picks overall being awarded from the end of rounds 3-7. The Bengals lost five compensatory free agents during the 2013 offseason — kicker Josh Brown, quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, linebacker Manny Lawson, defensive tackle Pat Sims and linebacker Dan Skuta — while signing three themselves in quarterback Josh Johnson, offensive lineman Mike Pollak and tight end Alex Smith.
The Bengals also lost running back Brian Leonard but he did not qualify as a compensatory free agent under the NFL’s formula.
Cleveland did not receive any compensatory picks. The Browns were one of 19 teams around the NFL not to be awarded any extra draft picks. Baltimore and the New York Jets each received four compensatory picks, the most of any teams.
The NFL began awarding compensatory picks in 1994. The Bengals have received 22 extra picks in that time, while the Browns have been awarded just six, the fewest of any franchise in that time. Baltimore has been awarded 41 compensatory picks, the most of any franchise.