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At this week’s NFL owners meeting, teams typically expect news about which compensatory picks they’ll get in the upcoming draft.
But with the current uncertain labor situation, it seems that will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Compensatory picks are awarded to teams that lose more qualifying free agents than gained in the previous year via free agency. Teams that lose the same number of players they gain but lose higher-valued talents can also earn a compensatory pick.
Compensatory picks cannot be traded and are placed at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7.
Considering the NFL’s formula for the picks based on salary, playing time and production, it is uncertain whether the Ravens will get any.
Last offseason, the top two players the Ravens lost were defensive linemen Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan, while Baltimore signed unrestricted free agent wideouts T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte’ Stallworth and defensive end Cory Redding.
Both Bannan and Edwards were regular starters for their respective teams.
Bannan started all 16 games for the Denver Broncos, netting 35 tackles. He was recently released by Denver.
Edwards started 11 games for the Buffalo Bills before his season was cut short by a hamstring injury. Edwards posted 57 tackles and one sack.
Meanwhile, Houshmandzadeh caught 30 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns and Stallworth had two grabs for 82 yards. Redding starting 11 contests for the Ravens and totaled 38 tackles and three sacks.
The Ravens have done well with their compensatory selections, recently having turned compensatory picks into safety Haruki Nakamura and offensive tackle Oniel Cousins in 2008.