Most people have become savvy to the comp pick game by now, especially knowing John Schneider likes to play it as much as any NFL GM. With every move comes a bevy of questions from fans about how it affects the comp formula. So we’ve put together a real-time tracker, using the excellent tool created by Nick Korte at OverTheCap.com. Here are the rules guiding comp picks.
Current comp count: None (plus-2)
TE Jimmy Graham ($10m APY)
WR Paul Richardson ($8m)
DT Sheldon Richardson ($8m)
TE Luke Willson ($2.5m)
OT Matt Tobin ($790k)
LB Terence Garvin
Remaining UFAs: OL Luke Joeckel, CB Byron Maxwell, LB Michael Wilhoite, OG Oday Aboushi, RB Eddie Lacy, QB Austin Davis, K Blair Walsh
TE Ed Dickson ($3.6m)
LB Barkevious Mingo ($3.4m)
WR Jaron Brown ($2.75m)
DT Tom Johnson ($2.1m)
DT Shamar Stephen ($2.1m)
OG D.J. Fluker ($1.37m)
CB Dontae Johnson
The Seahawks are at least at plus-2, depending on the terms of the deals for Dontae Johnson and Garvin. Tobin likely won’t count because he signed for the minimum.
The Hawks appear to have picked Johnson over Maxwell, who reportedly was weighing other offers and now likely will have to take one of them. Maxwell and the rest of Seattle’s second-tier free agents should start to find teams soon, which could tilt the comp race in Seattle’s favor unless they continue to add UFAs.
The Hawks seem comfortable having Dickson, Mingo and Brown for a couple of years instead of the third- or fourth-round picks they might get next year if they had played the comp game to max out the 2019 draft.
Schneider said the priority is fielding a playoff team. “We talk about being a championship-caliber football team every year and not being one of those teams that takes those huge dips, so we want to be able to be competing every single year and we’re doing that at every avenue we possibly can,” Schneider said. “It just so happens that these (added) guys happen to be unrestricted free agents. We’ve been involved with other guys that were cut and don’t count towards compensatory picks, but we’re not just going to pass on guys and sit on our hands. We want our fans knowing that we’re busting our tail at every avenue.”
If the Hawks end up even in the plus-loss columns, they still could end up with a net-value seventh-round comp.
It will vacillate a lot over the next month or two (comp formula signing deadline is May 8) and the final tally won’t be known until Week 10 of the season. It’s possible one of the UFAs they have added is gone by then.