Extra Cheese: No 2020 compensatory picks for Packers

Aaron chats with Packers fans after the announcement that the team was not awarded any comp picks for 2020.

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sonomaca's picture

March 10, 2020 at 10:14 pm

Eckler got $24.5 over 4, $15 guaranteed. I’m thinking Aaron Jones is going to want a deal this off-season.

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Turophile's picture

March 11, 2020 at 05:21 am

I had an idea a while back on how to allow a team to acquire expensive veteran free agents while still getting comp picks. The idea was to do things on alternate years.
Year one (let's call it 2019) you push the boat out on veteran free agents. You try not to release expensive vets on your roster.
Year two (2020) you get no expensive outside vet FAs in. This is also the year you release any expensive veterans you no longer need.
Year three (2021) you get the benefit of the vets you released last year in the form of comp picks. Also, you can pick up expensive vet FAs again, if you want (and if you can fit them under the cap).
Year 4 (2022) Another frugal year, no expensive vet FAs brought in and you release any of your own expensive vets you no longer need/want.
Follow this two-year cycle indefinitely and you get a year of plenty (comp picks awarded and you can sign expensive outside vets), followed by a lean year (no comp picks and no priority veteran FAs acquired).

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ShooterMcGee's picture

March 11, 2020 at 08:45 am

I like your thinking and was on the same track. This year we let Bulaga, Martinez, Fackrell, Allison, and a few others walk. We sign only players that were cut or don't count in the comp formula. Let's sign Kirksey and Whitehead to shore up the LB position. Then we fill other holes thru the draft. With luck we can get a wr, ot, dline and some depth at other positions thru the draft. Then 2021 we will be awarded perhaps 2 3rd rounders, a 4th, and a 7th. Smart play by Gutenkunst.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 11, 2020 at 09:43 am

The problem with this is it leaves no allowance for player injuries and assumes all players will live up to draft billing.

In a perfect world you are always drafting for future needs and rookie contributions make the decision easier to let players go. FA is a patch when you lose a player or decide they didn't perform to contract expectations.

You also have to consider contract timings, to avoid massive FA classes like we've had in previous years

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Turophile's picture

March 11, 2020 at 12:58 pm

If you are rigid in what you do then yes, you could cut off your nose to spite your face.

The trick is recognising when an event is significant enough to force you to do something you don't want to, and when you can manage without bringing a guy in.

This is best described as a philosophy that you enable IF YOU CAN, Totally rigid systems seldom work. In the past under TT, I have seen positions entrusted to existing deeper-roster guys when many thought a trade was needed. Intestinal fortitude does play a part (essentially gambling on the outcome), but I would recommend some sort of balance between going off script and making do with what they have. I still think the basic idea is doable, can be prepared for, and is a decent tactic to pursue when possible.

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stockholder's picture

March 11, 2020 at 09:38 pm

I have an idea since Graham was released. It's giving up cap space to move up in the draft. So you trade cap space per $$$. It's selling/securing your current pick. ( Against the Cap, ) It also can avoid trades. It moves you, or gives the impression a team will move ahead of the pick. Turning the draft into a bigger chess match. Much like a lottery pick. Only the costs is cap space. It's leveling the playing field to get that player. By doing this, there would be No tanking a Season, just to get higher picks.

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DonRoberson's picture

June 10, 2020 at 02:49 am

Aaron chats with Packers fans after the announcement that the team was not awarded any comp picks for 2020.

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