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ATLANTA UPSET WITH NFL'S RULING ON COMPENSATION DRAFT PICKS
Published September 30, 1994
The NFL's Management Council has approved a measure that will "preclude teams from receiving" 1st or 2nd-round draft choices in '95 as compensation for net losses in the '94 free agent market. Falcons owner Rankin Smith is "angered by a unilateral decision he labeled 'a bombshell.'" The Falcons figure to be among the biggest losers in the policy switch. The Falcons were one of the NFL's most "aggressive teams in free agency," but at the same time, they lost high-profile players like Deion Sanders, Chris Hinton, Michael Haynes and Chris Miller. Smith figures his team would receive an extra 1st- or 2nd-round pick for the losses. Equally upset by the ruling were team officials from Buffalo and Houston. The NFL began adding compensatory picks to teams who lost significant players to free agency in '93 (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/30).