The Bears currently have eight draft picks and have a decent chance to add another one in the form of a compensatory selection.
The league will award these extra draft picks at the owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., March 30 to April 3. Last year, 32 compensatory draft choices were distributed between the third and seventh rounds. While the Bears didn’t gain or lose any major free agents last offseason, their net loss could be enough to tip the scales for them to add a pick. The Management Council has a formula for determining who receives the picks, with a maximum of four going to one organization.
The equation is based on playing time and postseason honors. The Bears have not received a compensatory pick since getting two in 2003. They were used on running back Brock Forsey (sixth round) and guard Bryan Anderson (seventh round).
The gains/losses to consider:
Gain: DT Anthony Adams. With former third-round pick Dusty Dvoracek going down in the opener at San Diego, Adams went from being inactive to receiving steady playing time and then starting until an arm injury knocked him out in December.
Losses: DT Alfonso Boone. Probably would have looked good in a Bears uniform. As it was, flourished as a starter for Kansas City.
WR Justin Gage. Also became a starter with his new team, leading Tennessee with 750 receiving yards.
S Todd Johnson. Served primarily as a reserve in St. Louis.
S Cameron Worrell. Also was in mostly a reserve role with Miami before a torn ACL knocked him out in December.
DT Ian Scott. Didn’t play after a knee injury derailed him during a summer in Philadelphia.