Cleveland Browns can get a Compensatory Draft Pick for Landry
The Browns are entitled to a compensatory draft pick when a star player such as Jarvis Landry completes his contract and then leaves, assuming that the team loses more free agents than it signs. The theory is that the NFL wants to “compensate” teams that lose players via the free agency process. Teams are also compensated when a coach is signed away.
On the other hand, if your team is benefitting from the free agency process and happily signing more free agents than it loses, your team doesn’t qualify for compensatory free agents.
A total of 32 compensatory picks are awarded every season. Usually, the Ravens, Steelers, and Patriots are standing in line for extra helpings. This season, the Patriots splurged on free agents, which is an exception. Over the cap lifts the projected picks for the 2022 draft.
So, for example, the Baltimore Ravens will get three draft picks in 2022 for losing coach David Culley, Matthew Judon, and Yannick Ngakoue. They receive a third-round pick and two fourth-round picks.
The Browns lost Larry Ogunjobi, Terrance Mitchell, and Kendall Lamm, which would have potentially resulted in a sixth-rounder for Ogunjobi and maybe two seventh-rounders, depending on how high they ranked compared to the 32-player cutoff. However, the Browns signed five qualifying free agents: John Johnson III (fourth), Jadeveon Clowney (fifth), Troy Hill (sixth), Takk McKinley (sixth), and Anthony Walker, Jr. (seventh). Because they signed more free agents than they lost, they qualify for zero compensatory picks.
So how exactly are the Browns going to beat the Ravens by building through the draft, while allowing the Ravens to have two and three more draft picks per year?
The formula for receiving compensatory picks isn’t public, but just as a guess, the five-time Pro Bowler on his third contract might generate a fourth-round pick in the 2024 draft.
Overthecap publishes their best-educated guesses on how many compensatory draft picks each team may be entitled to. To actually get these picks, the Browns have to quit terminating the players early. Let them finish their contract and ride off into the sunset. Get the compensatory draft picks!
The next page discusses if Landry wants to stay in Cleveland, and how much does he have left in the tank?