The NFL announced the Seahawks have received the maximum four compensatory choices in next month's draft: one in the fourth round (number 135 overall), a pick in the fifth round (170th overall) and two in the sixth round (209 and 214).
That is compensation for the Seahawks losing free agents such as wide receiver Golden Tate last offseason and not signing comparable-level free-agents in return.
The four extra picks gives general manager John Schneider exactly the kind of draft he loves: one with depth of selections that aren't expensive. Seattle doesn't have a first-round pick because the team traded it and center Max Unger to New Orleans this month to get tight end Jimmy Graham; Schneider estimated that move saved the team $3.1 million cash in 2015, and the team only had about 16 or so players it evaluated as first round talent, anyway.
So now the Seahawks have a chance to make their hay where they have since 2010 under Schneider and Pete Carroll, in the middle to late rounds (with fifth-round pick Richard Sherman becoming a $56 million All-Pro the most shining example).
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