Monday, March 22, 2010

Looking at the qualifiers and non-qualifiers

To see who officially qualified for the compensatory picks equation this year, click here and scroll down.

As you can tell, the NFL did not include Laveranues Coles in the equation. I suspected that this would happen (click here and scroll to the bottom of the post), but I did not project it because there was no precedent set for disqualifying a player whose contract had voided. (EDIT: Coles' disqualification from the equation was not simply because his "contract was voided last offseason." Many players have qualified after having their contract voided. Coles' voided contract was different, though, because the void was renegotiated into the contract after the end of the final regular season that he played for the Jets. On Feb. 25, 2009, Coles renegotiated his contract to include the void. Two days later, it voided, and he became a true Unrestricted Free Agent. Apparently, and even though the Jets reportedly claimed that Coles would qualify, that method of becoming a true UFA didn't satisfy the requirements for qualification.)

Surprisingly, Angelo Crowell did not qualify, either.

In addition, all four of the players I projected to be just below the qualifying bubble -- Joe Berger, Hunter Smith, Mark Jones and Larry Izzo -- did, in fact qualify. This fact and the fact that several picks ended up one round higher than projected mean that the NFL didn't raise the cutoff points nearly as much as I had projected.

I'll have more analysis later.

UPDATE: Brandon McGowan actually qualified as a player signed by New England, even though his contract value that counts in the formula was only $765,000 per season. I'll try to figure out why.

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