The NFL’s formula for determining compensatory draft picks can be quirky, but it worked as expected for the Eagles on Tuesday when the league announced 32 such selections to be added to the April entry draft, three of them for the Birds.
Compensatory picks are awarded when it turns out that a team lost more value in free agency the previous season than it gained. In the Eagles’ case, Nick Foles, Jordan Hicks, and Golden Tate tallied in the “for” column and no one they signed counted on the other side of the ledger. Safety Andrew Sendejo would have erased one of the fourth-round picks, had general manager Howie Roseman not cut him just before the deadline for such things, against the wishes of some Eagles coaches.
Roseman has ended up with just five total picks the past two seasons, something that previously hadn’t happened to the Eagles since 1989. He was eager to boost this year’s total, which now is 10, the most the Eagles have held since 2010. Roseman said at the NFL scouting combine last month that this is a time for “retooling,” as the Eagles look to revamp a roster that has gotten older and more injury-prone since the team won its only Super Bowl, two years back.