Patriots, Bengals Big Winners With Compensatory Draft Picks

Based on a complex (and unknown) formula involving money and playing time, the NFL awards extra draft picks to teams that lose free agents the previous year. The picks range from the third to seventh round and this season the Patriots and Bengals are the big winner.

The Bengals received and extra third and fourth round draft picks, according to SB Nation's Cincy Jungle.

The belief is that the third round compensation is based on Stacy Andrews leaving for the greener Philadelphia Eagles -- are we talking uniform or Benjamins? Hum. Having started eight games in 2009, the Bengals are likely receiving the fourth round compensatory pick for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both picks will come at the end of the respective round.

The Patriots meanwhile hauled in the most with four total compensatory picks. Three come in the sixth round and one comes in the seventh, according to SB Nation's Pats Pulpit.

The belief is that the third round compensation is based on Stacy Andrews leaving for the greener Philadelphia Eagles -- are we talking uniform or Benjamins? Hum. Having started eight games in 2009, the Bengals are likely receiving the fourth round compensatory pick for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both picks will come at the end of the respective round.

Here is a complete listing of the compensatory draft picks:

Round 3

Cincinnati -- 96
Tennessee -- 97
Atlanta -- 98

Round 4

Cincinnati -- 131

Round 5

Pittsburgh -- 164
Atlanta -- 165
Pittsburgh -- 166
Minnesota -- 167
San Diego -- 168
Green Bay -- 169

Round 6

Carolina -- 202
Jacksonville -- 203
Carolina -- 204
New England -- 205
San Francisco -- 206
Tennessee -- 207

Round 7 

Indianapolis -- 240 
Tennessee -- 241 
Pittsburgh -- 242
Philadelphia -- 243
Philadelphia -- 244
Seattle -- 245
Indianapolis -- 246
New England -- 247 
New England -- 248 
Carolina -- 249 
New England -- 250 
Oakland -- 251
Miami -- 252 
Tampa Bay -- 253
St. Louis -- 254

Detroit -- 255

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