ORLANDO, Fla. — The Saints were among 19 teams that did not receive any compensatory picks for the 2014 draft, the NFL announced at its annual owners meetings Monday.
Compensatory picks are usually awarded to teams that lost more or better free agents during the previous season than they signed, and they’re for the ends of rounds three through seven, depending on the production and value of the lost free agents. Thirteen teams received a total of 32 of them for 2014.
It was not anticipated that the Saints — who, for example, lost well-performing left tackle Jermon Bushrod in free agency last year but acquired standout cornerback Keenan Lewis — would receive any picks.
The Steelers (third, fifth and sixth rounds), Packers (third and fifth), Ravens (third, two fourths and a fifth), 49ers (third), Lions (two fourths), Texans (fourth, sixth and seventh), Jets (fourth and three sixths), Falcons (fourth and two sevenths), Patriots (fourth), Giants (fifth), Rams (sixth and two sevenths), Cowboys (three sevenths) and Bengals (sixth and seventh) received compensatory picks.
The picks are awarded based on an arcane formula developed by the NFL Management Council that uses free agents’ salaries, playing time and postseason honors.
Also, the league finalized its draft order. The Saints will pick 27th in the first round; 26th in the second round (58th overall); 27th in the third round (91st); 26th in the fourth round (126th); 27th (167th) and 29th (169th) in the fifth round; and 26th in the sixth round (202nd). They traded their seventh-round pick to acquire linebacker Parys Haralson late in the 2013 preseason, but they traded running back Darren Sproles to Philadelphia for the No. 162 pick.
Moore understands release
Lance Moore said he was working out March 6 when his cell phone was flooded with text messages asking him something to the effect of, “Dude, did you see what (Adam) Schefter just tweeted?”
The receiver quickly learned ESPN’s NFL insider had reported that New Orleans was open to trading Moore and a couple of other players, and it was his first indication — as well as his agent’s — that the team he had been a member of for more than eight years was willing to part ways with him.
While it wasn’t the ideal way to find out such a thing, Moore said he perfectly grasped why the Saints then released him March 7, and he has “no hard feelings” toward New Orleans, he told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday morning.
“Obviously, they (were) strapped for cash ... and at my position they have some younger guys that have played some ball,” said Moore, who has since signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh and is expected to be replaced in New Orleans with second-year receiver Kenny Stills. “I’ve been around long enough. I get it. ...
“It’s just kind of weird the way that I found out. ... I immediately called my agent (Dave Butz) and asked him what he had heard, and he hadn’t heard anything either, so that was kind of surprising to me at that time.”
The 5-foot-9 Moore joined the Saints in 2005 and went on to catch the fourth-most passes (346), fifth-most touchdowns (38) and sixth-most yards (4,281) in franchise history.
White led in performance pay
No Saints player earned more performance-based pay than cornerback Corey White did in 2013.
According to figures released Monday by the NFL Management Council, he earned an extra $212,449 after taking over for Jabari Greer, who suffered a year-ending knee injury against San Francisco in Week 11.
Others to make more than $150,000 are Stills ($194,844), safety Rafael Bush ($180,015), defensive lineman Akiem Hicks ($160,186) and tight end Josh Hill ($153,711).
The money for the bonuses won’t be paid until April 1, 2016. They are calculated by accounting for players’ playing time and comparing it to their salary cap figures.
Correction: This post incorrectly stated one of the Saints’ 2014 draft picks was the 22nd of the fifth round (162nd overall). It’s actually the 29th (169th).