Browns shut out from compensatory draft picks for second consecutive year

Additions of Chris Smith, Terrance Mitchell factor into Bengals, Chiefs getting picks

Daryl Ruiter
February 22, 2019 - 3:58 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns did not have many significant free agent losses in 2018 and as a result the team did not receive any of the compensatory draft picks the NFL awarded on Friday.

It marks the second straight year the Browns do not get any additional picks.

Compensatory picks are calculated based on a formula that includes salary, playing time and postseason honors developed by the NFL Management Council.

A team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks, which fall between rounds three-seven in the draft.

Of the seven key unrestricted free agents signed last offseason by general manager John Dorsey, two of them factored into this year's formula.

The Browns signing of defensive lineman Chris Smith to a three-year, $12 million contract from Cincinnati last year netted the Bengals a sixth-round compensatory selection and the addition of cornerback Terrance Mitchell for three years and $10 million from Kansas City factored into the Chiefs netting an additional sixth rounder.

Arizona, New England and Washington each received the maximum of four additional selections for the 2019 Draft and a total of 15 clubs were awarded additional picks on Friday.