A Way Too Early Look At The Steelers Gains And Loses From a Compensatory Draft Pick Standpoint

The 2014 compensatory drat picks will be announced later on this month and already people are starting to look forward to what the Pittsburgh Steelers might get in 2015 for the free agent loses they incurred so far this offseason.

Here is a quick look at what has happened so far as we start moving into week two of the new league year.


Ziggy Hood – Hood signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and that deal included $5.5 million guaranteed. The former Steelers defensive end figures to be a starting defensive tackle for the Jaguars and as a result, should see extensive playing time.

Al Woods – Woods signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Tennessee Titans and he figures to be a backup. Based on his contract alone, it should be enough to figure into the compensatory formula. He should at least play 250 snaps or more in 2014 and we shall all hope for the more.

David Johnson – Johnson signed a two-year, $1.7 million contract with the San Diego Chargers and that deal included a $220,000 signing bonus. At least the contract wasn’t a one-year qualifying one and one would think with the signing bonus the Chargers gave him, that they certainly won’t want to eat it. He’s not likely to get a lot of playing time in 2014, but we all should hope he at least makes their final 53 man roster.

Jonathan Dwyer – Dwyer signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals that included a $65,000 signing bonus. That’s a qualifying contract and one would think he’ll be given an opportunity to compete for the starting job.

Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders has agreed to a deal with the Denver Broncos, but no numbers have been announced as of yet. He was reportedly wanting money similar to what Golden Tate got from the Detroit Lions, but that might be wishful thinking on our part and his.


Mike Mitchell – Mitchell signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Steelers that included a $4.75 million signing bonus and $500,000 first-year roster bonus. In all likelihood, Mitchell will cancel out the loss of Sanders as far as the compensatory formula goes.

Cam Thomas – Thomas signed a two year, $4 million contract with the Steelers and received a $1 million signing bonus. As we look at things right now, Thomas will likely cancel out the loss of Woods.


If this was it as far as moves go, I would guess that the Steelers would possibly get a fourth or a fifth round compensatory pick for losing Hood and possibly two seventh-round compensatory picks for the loss of Johnson and Dwyer. However, should the Steelers ultimately sign running back James Starks and defensive end Alex Carrington, one would think that would leave the Steelers with just one seventh round compensatory pick in 2015 and that’s assuming Johnson sticks with the Chargers and sees playing time.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You’re right. It’s too early to start thinking about this stuff.

  • Jason White

    I widh they would hurry up and release this years compensatory picks so all the mock drafts and draft simulators would include them.

  • cencalsteeler

    I honestly feel that every player lost so far can easily be upgraded through the draft or FA. Plus, Mitchell is an upgrade over Clark and if Starks is signed, I see that as an upgrade over Dwyer. Throw in a Carrington signing, that would upgrade over Ziggy. The Steelers might not be making flashy moves like the Broncos and Pats, but they are improving THEIR roster.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Thanks Dave i curious how that would play out for us

  • Eric MacLaurin

    The system argues for coordinating contracts and alternating years where you do or don’t sign free agents. Properly done you end up with a lot of free draft choices that you simply don’t get if you’re disorganized.

  • Matt Manzo

    I agree. Can’t figure out why some are knocking these signings? Mitchell and Cam are what I call huge signings for a team that rarely signs outsiders! And then factor in the depth in the draft and we’re gonna be good to go!

  • daddeeekip

    What I don’t understand how many fans feel that Carrington is a upgrade over Hood. No he wasn’t the second coming Joe Green but the only reason why most are so hard on Hood cause he was a 1st rd pick and wasn’t Aaron Smith. The Steelers are the ones who dropped the ball on him cause he didn’t fit our defensive scheme, he is better suited for the 4-3 front. But back to Carrington how is he a upgrade when he was hurt last season and now has to learn a new system, plus none of know what his football IQ is and if he can pick up the nuances of the defense. I am not saying he can’t or won’t be a better fit than Hood but I will take a player that is injury free over a player that has been injured.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I guess you dont like mock drafts either.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Rather useless until later, even though it is interesting to read what some people think, as I would rather see the tape myself. I like to come away with something that jumps off the screen at me, that might identify potential. But then, only through the interview process would you have an idea of what type of person he might be. Sounds good so far, right.

    Here’s the problem: Detroit signs a WR and now instead of drafting a stud, they pick CB Gilbert, and there goes the Steelers chance at stealing him. The board just changed and I’m only talking about 1 signing. This changes by the week, day and even by the hour. So good luck figuring anything out until shortly before the draft. And even then, there’s tons of surprises.

    My preferred scenario is they trade down to get more picks because they have a lot of needs and I always think ahead. So even if they sign Worlds long-term and get that cap down for this year, plus the June 1 extra money, I still say they should save lots of money. Why?

    Because next year they have a several guys they will need to lock up and these will be guys that have the potential to help them win their next Super Bowl, like CB Allen and DE Heyward. Then there will be new needs next year.

  • cencalsteeler

    Valid points. Credit to Ziggy for playing injury free football. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Ziggy other than as you state, he’s not suited for our scheme. His play at that position has plateaued, so I feel the FO wants to head in another direction. Carrington looks like his arrow is pointing up and since the Bills switch to a 3-4 (opposite of Ziggy) his play has improved. I don’t feel Carrington is injury prone, but injuries in football do happen, and I wouldn’t hold that against him.

  • shawn

    Im with u on all that !

  • shawn

    u make some solid points !