Originally Posted by b0ng
Do NFL front offices know the "secret formula"? If so, then it's pretty stupid not to let the public know how this process works. If not, then it could be to keep GM's from gaming the system to get extra comp picks with the way they sign FA's.
I don't think the GMs actually know the formula for the reason you stated. It kind of makes sense, but the fact is if a team wants to sign a player, I don't think they will squabble over a few hundred grand to prevent another team from getting a slightly better compensatory pick. Most of the picks awarded are going to be 6th and 7th round, which don't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.