The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not receive a compensatory pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, contrary to predictions we passed along earlier this offseason.
The NFL awards picks to teams deemed to have lost more via free agency than they had gained. For example, the San Francisco 49ers received a third-round selection with the departure of Dashon Goldson to Tampa representing a key part of that equation. The Patriots received a fourth-round selection after losing Patrick Chung, Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead, and the Packers received a third rounder for parting ways with Greg Jennings and not bringing in any new players.
The Bucs were predicted to land a seventh-round pick, but the math did not work out in their favor. Tampa Bay has received a below average amount of compensatory picks over the years, likely because the team has spent more time signing free agents to fill needs rather than developing good players other teams pay premium prices for.
Jason Licht and his team are unlikely to receive a compensatory pick in 2015, either, as they’ve signed an incredible amount of free agents this offseason, and releasing and trading players do not factor into the NFL’s equation. In other words, the Buccaneers don’t receive compensatory credit for Darrelle Revis, Donald Penn and Davin Joseph, and the signings of Michael Johnson, Anthony Collins and Josh McCown mean the Bucs will unlikely get any extra picks moving forward.