Dontrelle Inman

As usual, Ravens' free-agent strategy appears to be affected by compensatory-pick formula

As usual, Ravens' free-agent strategy appears to be affected by compensatory-pick formula

First, it was wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Then, it was tight end Eric Ebron. The Ravens’ focus then shifted to wide receivers Willie Snead, Cameron Meredith and Allen Hurns.

Crabtree, Ebron and Hurns all hit the free-agent market after they were released by their former teams. Snead and Meredith are restricted free agents. Thus all five had something in common: If they were signed, they would not factor into the compensatory-pick formula.

No team in the NFL takes advantage of the compensatory formula more than the Ravens, who have received 49 extra selections since the system was put into place in 1994. That’s seven more than the next-highest team, the Green Bay...

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