Compensatory draft picks are on the way. Soon.
We don't know when the NFL will release the information at the owners meetings that are underway right now, but we fully expect it to be out within the next 48 hours.
Last year, the picks were announced on the Tuesday of the meetings, so we could have to wait until tomorrow for the skinny.
The NFL Management Council has a secret formula for the distribution of 32 additional draft picks. All we know at this point is that the Bears will receive a pick or picks for the loss of unrestricted free agents Bernard Berrian, Brendon Ayanbadejo and John Gilmore. The Bears did not sign a single UFA last offseason--there's been more of an uproar this offseason--so no players will count against them in the equation to determine who gets what.
Most expect the Bears will receive a third-round pick or a fourth-round pick for Berrian. The compensatory picks are added at the end of reach round. Teams are prohibited from trading compensatory picks.
One analysis has the Bears netting a fourth-round pick and two seventh-round picks. Once we find out, we'll let you know.
We recharged our batteries over the weekend and should have a few different posts throughout the day, or as news dictates, and we'll get to a Q&A in Four Down Territory later on today as well. We will do a Q&A each day through Thursday this week so get your questions in. Check back a little later on and we should have more to share.