Chiefs have no compensatory draft picks in 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A year after having four compensatory draft picks, the Chiefs will have none in May’s annual selection process.

The NFL on Friday announced 33 compensatory draft picks were awarded to 13 teams, with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers each awarded four picks.

The Chiefs are among the 19 teams to not receive a compensatory pick.

The NFL utilizes a complex formula “based on salary, playing time and postseason honors” to determine compensatory free agents from the previous season, according to the announcement.

A team that loses more or better players categorized as compensatory free agents than acquired the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks, per the league.

The Chiefs biggest free-agent departure in 2015 was center Rodney Hudson, who signed a five-year, $44.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders.

But the Chiefs also signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million deal and offensive lineman Paul Fanaika to a three-year, $8.1 million deal.

Friday’s announcement marks the second time in three years the Chiefs won’t have a compensatory pick. The last time it occurred was in 2014.

Since 1994, the Chiefs have totaled 19 compensatory picks. The Baltimore Ravens have the most compensatory picks during that span with 47, while the Cleveland Browns have the least amount with nine.


Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.