by JJ Cooper
It may not make Steelers fans feel any better, but at least we have an explanation as for why Justin Smith and Bernard Berrian were worth third-round compensatory picks while Faneca garnered the Steelers only a fifth-round pick.
The NFL announced that it has a long-time rule that any veteran with 10 years or more of experience in the league cannot earn his former team more than a fifth-round compensatory pick. So while Faneca, who just finished his 11th season, may have been worth a third-round pick on the basis of his contract, playing time and performance, the best the Steelers could do was land the first comp pick of the fifth round.
Faneca's Age, Obscure NFL Rule Cost Steelers on Comp Pick originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:08:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.