The Chicago Bears were one of 15 teams not awarded compensatory picks in next month's NFL draft, according to the league.
The exact method of figuring out how compensatory picks are awarded is a bit complicated. Basically, a team is eligible to receive compensatory picks if they lost more compensatory free agents than they signed in the previous offseason. However, teams don't always have to suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents the previous year to be awarded compensatory picks because certain free agents are ranked higher than others based on a formula developed by the NFL management council.
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Last offseason, the Bears signed free agents Frank Omiyale, Orlando Pace, Kevin Shaffer, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Josh Bullocks and Michael Gaines while losing John St. Clair to the Cleveland Browns and Rex Grossman to Houston. I'm not sure if other minor free agent pick-ups such as Brett Basanez or Glenn Earl also factored into the equation, but the bottom line is the Bears didn't lose many players in the spring of 2009.
The Bears were given three compensatory picks in the 2009 draft, taking Juaquin Iglesias in the third round and using two seventh-round choices on Lance Louis and Derek Kinder. In 2008, the Bears were awarded three seventh-round compensatory selections, which resulted in the drafting of Joey LaRocque, Kirk Barton and Marcus Monk.