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.
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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.