The news wasn’t a surprise, but the NFL confirmed Tuesday that the Seahawks draft next month will be a little richer — after losing five qualifying free agents last year and signing two, they gained a net of three compensatory draft picks.
The Seahawks added a pick in the third round (101st overall), fourth (144) and sixth (214), giving them eight in the seven-round cattle call April 23-25, this year in Las Vegas.
The Seahawks lost in free agency FS Earl Thomas, CB Justin Coleman, QB Brett Hundley, OL J.R. Sweezy and DL Shamar Stephens. They signed free agents OL Mike Iupati and PK Jason Myers.
The Seahawks already had selections in the first round (27) and two in the second (59, 64). Now they have a third-rounder plus choices at 130, 144, 162 and 214. The NFL has yet to release the official order.
Qualifying free agents are those whose contracts ran out and were not re-signed, making them unrestricted.