On Tuesday the wage cap/NFL contract analysts at overthecap.com (OTC) issued their newest projection as to the compensatory picks that stand to be awarded previous to the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers will obtain not less than one compensatory decide subsequent 12 months—virtually definitely a fourth-rounder—for dropping nostril deal with Javon Hargrave to the Philadelphia Eagles.
OTC additionally tasks that the Steelers will obtain a compensatory sixth-round decide for dropping offensive lineman B.J. Finney to the Seattle Seahawks (although Finney has already been traded to the Cincinnati Bengals).
However the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Settlement (CBA) limits the variety of compensatory picks to 32, and the Finney compensatory decide is projected to be very near the 32-pick restrict. As such, it could possibly be affected by future developments, together with whether or not choose contracts find yourself qualifying for compensation—and in what spherical they’re certified.
It’s additionally value noting that the NFL additionally lately authorized a decision through which the league plans to award third-round compensatory picks to groups which have a minority coach or government who’s employed to be a head coach or basic supervisor of one other crew. That decision is topic to approval by the NFL Gamers Affiliation, however the addition of only one or two further third-round compensatory picks within the 2021 draft may simply push the Finney pick of the Prime 32.
In the meantime, groups are now not motivated to launch lately signed free brokers to attempt to protect projected compensatory picks, as was an enormous concern in 2019. For instance, final 12 months the Philadelphia Eagles launched ex-Steelers linebacker L.J. Fort simply 4 video games right into a three-year contract, a transfer that may have canceled out a third-round decide the Steelers had been anticipated to obtain within the 2020 NFL Draft for dropping Le’Veon Bell to the New York Jets. That call successfully compelled the Steelers to chop Donte Moncrief (in midseason) to reinstate the decide, which the Steelers used to pick outdoors linebacker Alex Highsmith.
LB Tyler Matakevich
The Steelers may additionally presumably obtain a sixth- or seventh spherical compensatory decide in 2021 for dropping linebacker Tyler Matakevich to the Buffalo Payments. Nonetheless, the Matakevich contract isn’t at the moment projected to be among the many Prime 32 most dear qualifying contracts, so it appears unlikely to yield any compensation.
Jacksonville Jaguars Damage Replace
On an unrelated notice, on Thursday the Jacksonville Jaguars positioned cornerback CJ Henderson on injured reserve on account of a groin damage. Henderson was chosen ninth total within the 2020 NFL Draft; he has began eight video games this season with an interception, six passes defensed and a compelled fumble.
In the meantime, Jaguars rookie huge receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado) missed apply for the second consecutive day with a hamstring concern—the identical concern that brought about him to overlook final Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Shenault has 30 catches for 323 yards and a landing in 2020. He was drafted within the second spherical (No. 42 total), seven locations forward of Steelers rookie huge receiver Chase Claypool.
The Steelers (9-0) play at Jacksonville (1-8) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
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