Steelers Likely To Be Awarded Two 7th Round Compensatory 2012 Draft Picks

While the 2012 compensatory draft picks will not be announced until the league meetings in March, it is pretty easy to guess that the Steelers at worst will receive two 7th round compensatory draft picks for the loss of unrestricted free agents, tight end Matt Spaeth and defensive tackle Nick Eason, last offseason.

Compensatory picks are awarded based on a formula that takes into account salary, playing time and postseason honors of each lost free agent and the there must be a net loss of unrestricted free agents by the team to receive compensatory picks. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council and not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

Spaeth signed a three-year, $5.975 million contract with the Chicago Bears last July and Eason signed a two-year, $1.95 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals last July as well. Spaeth played nearly 370 snaps for the Bears in 15 games and caught 7 passes for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns. Eason played nearly 260 snaps for the Cardinals in 16 games and recorded 12 total tackles and 1 sack.

Based on the stats, playing time and lack of postseason honors, the Steelers should receive two 7th round picks in March when the picks are awarded.

ETA: A reader asked about linebacker Keyaron Fox, who was signed by the Washington Redskins for one-year, $810,000. He played in 13 games with just over 50 snaps on defense and recorded 13 total tackles. I do not think however the formula will equate to a compensatory pick for him, but if it does, it would also be a 7th rounder. I just do not think it will thus why I omitted him..

  • Yumdmie

    U did not mention LB Keyaron Fox, who played the whole year with the Redskins & started a couple of games.

  • Where is DaveR?

    Watching NE CREAM Denver sorta left a “muddy” taste in my mouth and the rest of Steelers fans, don’t it?

  • Bradleyaoo7

    The games are fixed

  • Dgh57

    Don’t forget about last years 7th round pick in Baron Batch who didn’t play this year!! We would then have 4 7th rd. picks

  • Steelcurt

    You did not account for US signing Cotchery??

  • SteelersDepot

    Cotchery was released by Jets. Does not qualify as a UFA signing

  • SteelersDepot

    That as nothing to do with comp picks.

  • Wskksw

    good research.

  • Czyganka

    I was at the Steelers/Broncos game that Sunday and the Broncos fans were obnoxious and rude. Calling us names etc. I enjoyed the Patriots win right down to the last play!

  • Madison

    Hey I flew out to go to that game as well I was totally surprised at how RUDE Bronco fans were and in our faces. I’m a petite female too and people yelled rude things to me and really were idiots. I thought a little western town would be a bit more hospitable. They weren’t the Raven’s for godsake… I also enjoyed the Pats routing of the Broncos.

  • Sydney Gaffney

    Just like one of the coaches on TV said the Steelers had no business playing Big Ben in the SF or Cleve. What is the point? Noting to gain. You say home field advantage. Look at the Giants. Enough said.


    fire mike TOMLIN

  • Tony6Ringz

    Wow, you’re an idiot!!

  • Gary Young258

    fire tomlin u gotta be on meth or stupidity

  • Anova18

    we’ll b fine madison a few tweaks here and there and we’ll be chasing nuber#7 sooner or later black and gold all the way