As we know, NFL teams earn compensatory draft picks for a net loss of unrestricted free agents. Players who are released or traded don't count. The Patriots would get a nice pick for the loss of Samuel -- if they qualify. Samuel would count as a fourth or possibly as high as a third round pick. However, the Patriots have lost only Samuel, Gay, and Wilson, I believe, as unrestricted free agents. They have also released a number of players, such as Colvin, Stallworth, and Kyle Brady -- so those guys do not count. They have signed several low level players, but the primary criteria is the net loss of total UFA's, not the net loss of value. The Patriots have signed CB Jason Webster, CB Lewis Sanders, S Tank Williams, and ST Sam Aiken. If all four were UFA's, then the Pats have signed four and lost three, for a net gain of one UFA. They might possibly earn the last pick in the seventh round, like pick #240 or so, for net loss of value. However, if two or more of those guys were cut, waived, or released, then they could get as high as a late third, around #95, for Samuel. Anyone here know for certain the status of those four players the Patriots signed?