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Dallas Cowboys gain 4 more draft picks

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones will have nine selections to work with at the NFL Draft on April 28-30 in Chicago.
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones will have nine selections to work with at the NFL Draft on April 28-30 in Chicago. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys were awarded four compensatory picks on Friday and will have nine for the NFL Draft next month.

The four compensatory selections will include one in the fourth round (37 pick, 135th overall) and three in the sixth round (37-212, 41-216 and 42-217).

Dallas will now have one pick in the first round, second round, third round, two in the fourth round, and four in the sixth round. They have no selections in the fifth round or the seventh round. Their first-round pick is the fourth overall selection.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through sixth rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory picks may not be traded this year. A rule change approved by clubs in 2015 will permit compensatory draft picks to be traded beginning in 2017.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

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