NFL Draft 2019: No compensatory picks for Bears

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Ryan Pace’s fourth draft as the Bears’ general manager was been widely praised. | Tim Boyle/For the Sun-Times)

The Bears won’t receive a compensatory pick in this year’s draft, continuing a trend that reached its 10th year. The team hasn’t had one since 2009.

On Friday, the NFL announced compensatory picks, which are awarded to teams that lose more value in compensatory free agents than they acquire. Whether or not a free agent qualifies is determined by a league formula that considers salary, playing time and postseason honors.

The Bears weren’t expected to receive a pick this year after signing free-agent receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton last March.

Fifteen teams will receive a total of 32 additional picks between the third and seventh rounds this year. The Patriots, Redskins and Cardinals were tied for the most with four apiece, the maximum allowed.

The Bears have received 17 compensatory picks since 1994. Only five teams can claim fewer; two of those, the Texans and Browns, came into existence after 1994.


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