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Miami Dolphins get no compensatory picks this year, but next year ...

The NFL announced its compensatory draft pick awards today and, well, nothing to see here for the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins were shut out while the New England Patriots got four picks (a 3rd, and three 6th-rounders) and Buffalo got two picks (a 4th and a 6th). The New York Jets got no picks. New England's four picks ties Dallas and San Francisco for the most in the NFL this year.

So where's the good news?

Well, as I reported last night, the Dolphins are expecting a treasure trove of compensatory picks this time next year -- for the 2017 draft.

The Dolphins are banking on a third-, fourth- and seventh-round pick being awarded to them next year. Why?

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

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.

The Dolphins this year have lost Olivier Vernon, who has signed one of the biggest contract in free agency, running back Lamar Miller, receiver Rishard Matthews and defensive end Derrick Shelby.