Eagles news: Miles Sanders’ farewell, theories on possible comp picks

Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Much can change in a year, but Miles Sanders has been at it much longer than that. Once upon a time, he was a youngster we had only seen as Penn State’s feature back for one season. As a result, he had to shed the label of being ‘the guy who once backed up Saquon Barkley’. In four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, he did that and then some,

Philly drafted Miles Sanders 53rd overall during Round 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s battled injury. He proved that he can stay healthy during a contract season with a career year. He and the Birds parted ways as Miles agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Carolina Panthers this week, but upon his departure, he left Eagles Nation with some kind words.

Take a look, courtesy of Miles’ Instagram account.

More Eagles news: Here’s an update on those compensatory picks the Eagles are expected to receive.

Understanding how the NFL awards compensatory picks can be a task. Thankfully there are resources to guide us.

Comp draft picks are awarded to NFL teams as a means to offset roster losses i.e. compensatory free agents (CFAs) or teams that see a large number of staff departures. This is a system designed to aid teams that suffer major losses during free agency and offseason cycles.

The awarded picks are designated between the third and seventh rounds of drafts. No more than 32, an amount that equals the total number of professional franchises, will be awarded for any given selection meeting.

The formula is confidential but is calculated by weighing salaries, playing time, and postseason honors to determine which players are classified as CFAs. No team can receive more than four comp picks. Where those picks fall is determined by the net value loss of CFAs by a team.

In 2020, league offices also began rewarding teams that lose a minority coach or top football executive to another team. League rules state that awarded teams in this scenario are given third-round selections in each of the next two drafts. Third-round selections are awarded during each of the next three drafts that follow if two minority employees are hired by another team.

We’re unaware of how many compensatory picks the Eagles will gain, but after losing several key players to free agency, fingers are crossed. Nick Korte of Over The Cap believes the Eagles will be awarded a 2024 third-round selection after losing Hargrave.

He also provides his theory on the possibility of Philadelphia adding late-round compensation.

Give his take on OTC a look when you have a moment. That one’s worth some of your time.