Here’s the compensation for the deal which sent Derrick Burgess to the New England Patriots, as relayed by beat Steve Corkran, who called while I was driving home from Napa:
As it stands, the Raiders get a third and a fourth round draft pick in 2010. The Patriots, however, wanted to give Oakland a third and a fifth. Problem is, they don’t currently have a fifth-round draft pick. So it was stipulated that if New England acquired a fifth-round pick from someone else, that pick would be dealt to Oakland.
So expect the Patriots to acquire a fifth-round pick from someone else so they can keep their selection in the fourth round.