Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
Sign lots of guys to short contracts and you will eventually get comp picks. In particular, sign veterans who are likely to be picked up the following year. Even if you sign them for 1 year vet minimum, they can still become a comp pick the next year if someone signs them for more.
Also, having lots of picks that play out their contracts and end up moving on will help. So those comp picks they get might turn into guys who leave the team after 3-4 years and turn into more comp picks, thus keeping the cycle going. That's why the Patriots get so many, they tend to have lots of picks, and as we are seeing this offseason with the Texans, you can't keep everybody.
James would have been a good example of this if he had produced more as a starter & then was signed in FA.