The NFL announced 2014 compensatory draft picks, and as expected, the Seahawks were not one of the 13 teams awarded picks. Compensatory picks are given to teams determined to have lost more or better free agents than it acquired the previous year, and seeing as the Seahawks made some big additions in free agency, most notably Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, it hardly comes as a surprise that they didn’t receive picks.
Here’s how the NFL determines picks, per a press release from the league: “Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.”
The Baltimore Ravens received four picks after losing several key free agents following a Super Bowl run. Considering the amount of players the Seahawks have lost compared to signed this offseason, most notably leading receiver Golden Tate, the Seahawks will likely receive multiple compensatory picks a year from now.