The extra picks are given to teams based upon the compensatory draft system's net loss of compensatory free agents (CFA) formula. Under the system, each CFA is assigned a numerical value that includes his compensation, playtime time and postseason honors with his new team.
The Bears were among three clubs that qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula, but will not receive those picks because the numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those teams did not rank among the numerical values of all compensatory picks. The other teams affected were the Falcons and Bengals.
The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the CFAs lost. Thirteen teams were awarded picks, led by the Ravens and Jets with four apiece. The Steelers, Packers, Ravens and 49ers were the only clubs to receive fourth-round choices.
The Bears have seven picks in the May 8-10 NFL Draft; one in each of the first five rounds, two in the sixth and none in the seventh. They acquired a sixth-rounder from the Buccaneers in exchange for guard Gabe Carimi and dealt a seventh-rounder to the Cowboys for tight end