The NFL announced 32 compensatory picks awarded to 23 teams this year, and the Seattle Seahawks received one compensatory pick in the seventh round, 241st overall, bringing the team’s total number of selections in this year’s draft to
nine eight picks.
The Panthers received the highest compensatory pick, a third rounder.The Seahawks lost receiver Nate Burleson, defensive lineman Cory Redding and linebacker Lance Laury in free agency, but picked up tight end Chris Baker and offensive linemen Ben Hamilton and Chester Pitts.
However, Burleson signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Detroit, so amount of contract also plays a role in determining compensatory picks.
The Seahawks were one of three teams (Oakland and New Orleans were the others) to receive a compensatory pick, even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year.
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.
Usually, the number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four.
The Seahawks picked up one compensatory pick at the end of the seventh round, the No. 245 pick overall, last year.
Seattle received one compensatory pick in 2010 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).
Seattle now has
nine eight picks overall in this year’s draft (my bad, I missed this year's seventh round pick Seattle traded to Philadelphia for offensive lineman Stacy Andrews), including one pick in the first round, one pick in the second round, none in the third, one in the fourth (from New England), two in the fifth, ( including one from Baltimore), one in the sixth (from Detroit) and three two in the seventh (including one from Cleveland).