The NFL has decided getting Tom Brady and winning Super Bowl 55 wasn’t quite enough to make up for the losses of their 2020 free-agents who signed elsewhere. Because of this, the team has been awarded a compensatory draft pick in the sixth-round of the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
The Super Bowl win doesn’t actually factor into the awarding of compensatory picks. Instead, “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. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.”
The explanation comes via the same press release sent out by the league announcing the awarding of 37 compensatory picks this year.
In the 2020 off-season the Buccaneers lost qualifying players Beau Allen, Carl Nassib, and Breshad Perriman in free-agency and gained just Tom Brady. This might be the only time the word ‘just’ is used in conjunction with Brady.
With this pick, Tampa Bay now owns eight picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.