Football Ops

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It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

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NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

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Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

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The NFL Draft

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Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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The NFL has announced that 32 compensatory choices in the 2020 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams.

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

The compensatory picks will be in the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula, and no club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, the New York Giants qualified for a compensatory pick under the net loss formula but will not receive it because the final numerical value of the CFA who was lost ranked 33rd among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. The Giants will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

The following compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2020 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 23-25 in Las Vegas:

Round Round Choice/ Overall Selection Team
3 33-97 Houston
3 34-98 New England
3 35-99 New York Giants
3 36-100 New England
3 37-101 Seattle
3 38-102 Pittsburgh
3 39-103 Philadelphia
3 40-104 Los Angeles Rams
3 41-105 Minnesota
3 42-106 Baltimore
4 33-139 Tampa Bay
4 34-140 Chicago
4 35-141 Miami
4 36-142 Washington
4 37-143 Baltimore
4 38-144 Seattle
4 39-145 Philadelphia
4 40-146 Philadelphia
5 33-178 Denver
5 34-179 Dallas
6 33-212 New England
6 34-213 New England
6 35-214 Seattle
7 33-247 New York Giants
7 34-248 Houston
7 35-249 Minnesota
7 36-250 Houston
7 37-251 Miami
7 38-252 Denver
7 39-253 Minnesota
7 40-254 Denver
7 41-255 New York Giants

The compensatory free agents lost and gained in 2019 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2020 Draft:

Club CFA Free Agents
BALTIMORE Lost: Brown, John; Mosley, C.J.; Smith, Za'Darius; Suggs, Terrell
  Gained: Ingram, Mark; Thomas, Earl
CHICAGO Lost: Amos, Adrian; Bellamy, Josh; Callahan, Bryce; Kush, Eric
  Gained: Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha; Patterson, Cordarrelle; Skrine, Buster
DALLAS Lost: Beasley, Cole; Swaim, Geoff; Wilson, Damien
  Gained: Cobb, Randall; Covington, Christian
DENVER Lost: Barrett, Shaquil; Brock, Tramaine; Garcia, Max; Paradis, Matt; Roby, Bradley; Turner, Billy
  Gained: Callahan, Bryce; Jackson, Kareem; James, Ja'Wuan
HOUSTON Lost: Covington, Christian; Jackson, Kareem; Lamm, Kendall; Mathieu, Tyrann
  Gained: Roby, Bradley
LOS ANGELES RAMS Lost: Joyner, Lamarcus; Saffold, Rodger
  Gained: Matthews, Clay
MIAMI Lost: Bolden, Brandon; Gore, Frank; James, Ja'Wuan; Wake, Cameron
  Gained: Fitzpatrick, Ryan; Rowe, Eric
MINNESOTA Lost: Compton, Tom; Easton, Nick; Richardson, Sheldon; Siemian, Trevor
  Gained: Stephen, Shamar
NEW ENGLAND Lost: Brown, Malcom; Brown, Trenton; Flowers, Trey; Hogan, Chris; Patterson, Cordarrelle; Rowe, Eric; Waddle, LaAdrian
  Gained: Bolden, Brandon
NEW YORK GIANTS Lost: Brown, Jamon; Collins, Landon; Edwards, Mario; Mauro, Josh; Webb, B.W.; Wynn, Kerry
  Gained: Golden, Markus; Tate, Golden
PHILADELPHIA Lost: Foles, Nick; Hicks, Jordan; Tate, Golden
PITTSBURGH Lost: Bell, Le'Veon; James, Jesse
  Gained: Nelson, Steven
SEATTLE Lost: Coleman, Justin; Hundley, Brett; Stephen, Shamar; Sweezy, J.R.; Thomas, Earl
  Gained: Iupati, Mike; Myers, Jason
TAMPA BAY Lost: Alexander, Kwon; Fitzpatrick, Ryan; Humphries, Adam; Taylor, Adarius
  Gained: Barrett, Shaquil; Perriman, Breshad; Pinion, Bradley
WASHINGTON Lost: Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha; Crowder, Jamison; Nsekhe, Ty; Smith, Preston
  Gained: Collins, Landon; Flowers, Ereck; Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique

New England 4
Denver 3
Houston 3
Minnesota 3
New York Giants 3
Philadelphia 3
Seattle 3
Baltimore 2
Miami 2
Chicago 1
Dallas 1
Los Angeles Rams 1
Pittsburgh 1
Tampa Bay 1
Washington 1

Baltimore 52
Dallas 43
New England 43
Green Bay 42
Los Angeles Rams 37
Cincinnati 35
Philadelphia 35
Pittsburgh 33
Seattle 32
San Francisco 31
Tennessee 30
Buffalo 28
New York Giants 28
Arizona 26
Kansas City 25
Minnesota 25
Denver 24
Indianapolis 23
Miami 22
Atlanta 21
Detroit 21
Las Vegas 21
Los Angeles Chargers 20
Tampa Bay 20
Jacksonville 19
Carolina 18
Chicago 18
Houston 18
Washington 17
New York Jets 14
Cleveland 13
New Orleans 10