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No compensatory picks for the Bears
PHOENIX — The NFL announced a total of 32 compensatory picks were awarded to 16 teams on Monday. But as expected, the Bears didn’t receive any.
From the NFL: “Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
“The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced [Monday] will supplement the 222 choices in the seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27).”
So the Bears, who signed tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Jermon Bushrod after free agency opened, still have five picks for the draft, starting with the No. 20 pick and not including a third-rounder (Brandon Marshall trade).
General manager Phil Emery, though, is “open for business” when it comes to trading down for more selections. Emery described it as a “draft day decision.”
“[Signing Bennett and Bushrod is] going to give us so much flexibility,” Emery said. “To put it bluntly, we’re open for business. If teams want to approach us about trading back, we’re all ears. We’re not going to pass up on a really good player at 20 that we feel will have an immediate impact on winning right now.
“But certainly the draft has strengths and if we have the opportunity to pull back so that we can collect picks, we’re very open to that.”
In the NFC North, the Detroit Lions were awarded two compensatory picks and the Green Bay Packers got one. The Minnesota Vikings are in the same boat as the Bears.