Changes To NFL’s Comp Pick Formula

Earlier this week, the Eagles informed Nigel Bradham that they would not exercise his 2020 option. The next day, they released him outright.

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The Eagles changed their plans due to a recent change in the compensatory pick formula, Mike Garafolo of (on Twitter) hears. Under the previous system, a player with a declined team option would count as a compensatory free agent for the club. This change, first reported by Over The Cap’s Brad Spielberger (via Twitter), was only just relayed to the Eagles this week.

The Broncos benefitted from the option trick in 2017, when they declined his team option and scored a third-round comp pick in 2018. It’s a seemingly minor revision to the rule, but it could nudge teams towards keeping players or, as was the case with the Eagles and Bradham, allowing those players to reach free agency before the start of the league year.

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13 comments on “Changes To NFL’s Comp Pick Formula

  1. bumpy93

    so this is going to help the eagles with a 2021 compensatory pick? I like it. when you’re trying to get younger those comp picks help out alot. We get a 3rd this year for foles

    • wrigleyhawkeye

      No. They declined the option so he does not count towards comp pick. It did before.

  2. Whateverworks77

    Since he doesnt explain it…when you decline the option …you do NOT receive the comp pick

  3. rkmarx

    Zach Links, please proofread your work once in a while, like all the other TR writers clearly do. This article makes very little sense. You ruin the credibility of TR with nearly every one of your posts.

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