When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith last January, the team made it clear that Kirk Cousins' days in Washington had ended. 

One of the longest-running soap operas in NFL history finally ended, but it ended with the Redskins getting no compensation. 

A year later, that should change. put out their annual list of projected 2019 Compensation Picks, and Cousins is at the top of the list. Based on the $84 million, fully guaranteed deal he signed with the Vikings, the Redskins will get a compensatory third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

That has long been the expectation. Compensatory picks are based on the contract a player signed after departing his first team in free agency, and when Cousins signed the first-ever fully guaranteed deal, it all but assured a third-round pick coming back to Washington.

Third-rounders are the highest possible awarded draft pick based on the NFL formula. 

The Redkins are also expected to get a compensatory fifth-round selection for Trent Murphy, who signed with the Bills last offseason, and a sixth-round pick for Ryan Grant, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts

Washington likely would have gotten another compensatory pick for Bashaud Breeland, who signed with the Carolina Panthers last year in free agency before the deal was voided due to an undisclosed injury on Breeland's foot. 


Earlier in the year, it looked like the Redskins might get four picks awarded via the NFL's compensatory formula, which includes free agent contracts signed as well as season-long performance. When Spencer Long signed with the New York Jets last year, he could have meant another pick for the Redskins, but his performance did not rate high enough for to include him in their projections. The Redskins did, however, give up a fourth-round pick as result of the acquisition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix before the 2018 NFL Trade Deadline.

The NFL only awards 32 compensatory picks, and the formula assigns picks based on that number. 

The Redskins have the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and hold picks in all rounds except the fourth. That selection got sent to Green Bay in a midseason trade for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Once the compensatory picks become final in late February, it's expected the Redskins will hold nine picks, with two selections in the third, fifth and sixth rounds.