Chargers receive compensatory draft picks
The NFL announced today the Chargers were awarded two compensatory draft selections (201 and 233 overall) in next month’s NFL Draft as compensation for losing free agents last season.
Under terms of the former NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The choices were awarded to the Chargers as compensation for losing tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and wide receiver Kassim Osgood.
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.
A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2011 NFL Draft were awarded to 23 teams.
The 2011 NFL Draft (April 28-30) will air live in primetime for the second consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 28 and begin at 5:00 PM PT. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29 at 3:00 PM PT followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 30 at 9 AM PT.