Plindsey88 wrote:You can't trade a compensatory pick once you have earned it?
I thought you could...
I thought you could not trade a compensatory pick before it was set, in other words, if Chicago owed a pick to Carolina (for example) contingent upon the performance of Mushin Muhammed in the 2005 season, then Carolina could not broker that potential pick into a deal before the end of the 2005 season, however after the 2005 season, once the pick was earned and set, they could...
Am I wrong about that?
That's a conditional pick you're describing. If a player underperforms there can be a clause in his contract that gives the underperforming team a draft pick from the team that traded the player(round determined in the contract).
Example: the Niners received that O-lineman from the Eagles for Terrell Owens. Because the lineman only played in 2 games and ended up on the IR, based on wording in the contract, the Eagles have to forfeit up a 5th round pick to the Niners I believe.
Compensatory picks are mainly due to losses in the free agent market and are given by the league. Compensatory picks increase the number of total picks in the draft, while conditional picks do not. This year due to compensatory picks there are 100+ first day draft picks, the most in a long time IIRC.
Say a team lost 3 players to FA last year and brought in only 2 FA players, they would receive 1 compensatory draft pick due to the net loss and they can't trade it. The pick is valued based on the monetary value that the lost free agents signed for, obviously the higher the contract values the higher the draft picks. I believe the Titan's netted a third rounder for Javon Kearse because they had a negative FA loss and Kearse signed a huge contract.
Another way to receive a compensatory pick is because of a league screwup. The Raven's received a compensatory pick for the Terrell Owens fiasco because their trade with the Niners had to be reversed by the league.