(WGR 550) -- For the second straight year, the Buffalo Bills will be have to work with only their regularly slotted draft choices in the upcoming selection process. With owners, general managers and coaches all on hand in Orlando, Florida for the week, the NFL announced the recipients of compensatory selections and the Bills did not get one.
According to the league, the compensatory formula is vaguely described as follows:
"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."
Despite the Bills losing guard Andy Levitre to the Tennessee Titans on a rather hefty contract, the additions of linebacker Manny Lawson, defensive lineman Alan Branch, quarterback Kevin Kolb and guard Doug Legursky deemed Buffalo unworthy of a compensatory selection. The Bills also lost guard Chad Rinehart to free agency.
Since 2005, they have only been awarded compensatory picks in four separate drafts. They received a seventh round pick in 2006, a fourth and seventh round pick in 2008, a seventh round pick in 2011 and another seventh round pick in 2012.
In the 11 years prior, however, the Bills were given 21 compensatory selections over an 11 year period.
With the finalization of the draft order, the Bills will now have selections 9, 41, 73, 109, 149, 185 and 224 in the 2014 NFL Draft.