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Bills not among 13 NFL teams to get compensatory draft choices


ORLANDO, Fla. -- As expected, the NFL didn't give the Buffalo Bills any extra draft picks this year.

The league announced its 2014 compensatory draft selections today at the annual owners meetings. Thirteen teams received 32 picks that cannot be traded. The Houston Texans will get Mr. Irrelevant (the last player picked each year) with the 224th overall selection.

The compensatory system is designed to help teams that were hurt by free agency departures the previous year.

The NFL doesn't release the exact formula that doles out the bonus picks, but it's based on the number of free agents a team loses or gains and the size of their contracts.

Buffalo didn't have a net loss with free agents last year. They lost offensive linemen Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart, but signed defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker Manny Lawson. Restricted free agents who weren't tendered, such as receivers David Nelson and Donald Jones, don't count as losses in the formula.

Clubs may receive no more than four compensatory picks from the end of the third round until the seventh and final round.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers received the only third-round compensatory picks.

The Ravens and New York Jets received the most compensatory picks, four apiece.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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