Late For Work 1/16: Compensatory Draft Picks Preview

Plus Jackson to interview with the Bears, QB and RB grades, Marks leaves The Fan and the Pro Bowl.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 at 9:16 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Compensatory Draft Picks Preview

The Ravens could benefit from one, or a few, of the 32 extra mid- and late-round compensatory draft picks that the league awards teams each year.

ESPN’s James Walker reminds us that while predicting the round is not an exact science, we do know that a team is eligible to receive compensatory picks if the league determines it lost more or better players than they were able to acquire during the previous year’s free agency period. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents, up to a maximum of four. Not every free agent lost or signed by a team is covered by the league’s formula.

With that in mind, here is a list of the Ravens’ 2009 key free agent gains and losses.

LB Bart Scott
C Jason Brown
S Jim Leonhard
DL Marques Douglas

CB Domonique Foxworth
C Matt Birk
CB Chris Carr
TE L.J. Smith

It appears the Ravens’ chances for a compensatory pick mainly comes from the net value of the players lost, rather than the net number of players lost.

In 2009, the Ravens did not receive any compensatory picks. Compensatory picks are awarded each year at the NFL annual meeting, which is typically held at the end of March.

Jackson to Interview with Chicago Bears

Ravens Quarterbacks Coach Hue Jackson is expected to interview today with the Chicago Bears as a candidate for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears sought and received the required permission from the Ravens to speak with Jackson since he is still under contract.

The interview with Chicago comes on the heels of Jackson’s talks last week with the Oakland Raiders for their offensive coordinator (and perhaps head coach) job(s).

Jackson is at least the fifth person (Jeremy Bates, Tom Clements, Ken Zampese and Rob Chudzinski) that has been considered for the job, and right now he’s the only one of the known bunch in play, according to Aaron Wilson of the┬áNational Football Post.

QBs and RBs Season Grades

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun handed out his final season grades for the Ravens’ quarterbacks and running backs. It’s hard to argue with the “A” he gave to the group led by Ray Rice, the team’s MVP, according to Preston.

Joe Flacco received a “C” grade, noting that the young quarterback’s next steps are to better read defenses and pick up on blitzes. Flacco has shown he can lead his team to the playoffs, but the next level of development is to escort Baltimore to the Super Bowl, Preston said.

Marks leaves 105.7 ‘The Fan’

Anita Marks, co-host of “The Scott Garceau & Anita Marks Show” on 105.7-FM, has left the station after four years with CBS Radio, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Marks declined a contract offer to continue with the station, stating that she would like to work on a national platform covering UFL football games.

“Please write this in your article, regardless of where I ultimately go, I will forever love my time in Baltimore,” Marks said. “I feel so blessed that I have been here for four years.”

Play the Pro Bowl in August?

Fourteen more players were added to the Pro Bowl rosters yesterday (to replace members of the Colts and Saints who will be busy preparing for Super Bowl XLIV) and Jaguars quarterback David Gerrard will now represent the AFC. Mike Florio believes these moves symbolize the fact that the Pro Bowl lacks relevance.

And the only way to fix it is to play the game in August.

By playing in August, the carrot to ensure players would actually want to participate wouldn’t be a free vacation, but an exemption from training camp practices.

“It’s a radical approach, and it would likely be met with much resistance,” admits Florio. “Still, it’s the only viable answer to the challenge of transforming the Pro Bowl into something that feels like an actual gathering of star players. By playing it at a time when we’re starved for football, by giving the players a meaningful reward, and by making it virtually impossible for players to claim that they’re hurt when they really aren’t, the Pro Bowl would take on far greater significance.”

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