The Seattle Seahawks picked up one compensatory pick at the end of the seventh round, the No. 245 pick overall, the league announced today. The Cincinnati Bengals were the big winners, picking up third round and fourth-round compensatory picks after losing T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Stacy Andrews in free agency last season.
According to the league's collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than acquired in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
Seattle received a compensatory pick because they lost four players in free agency (Rocky Bernard, Maurice Morris, Leonard Weaver and Floyd Womack) and signed three players in free agency (Colin Cole, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and John Owens).
The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.
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Seattle now has nine picks in this year's draft -- two in the 1st round, one in the 2nd round, two in the 4th round, one in 5th round, one in the 6th round and two in the 7th round.