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Compensatory draft picks likely to be tradable in 2016, sources say

For the first time, the NFL is expected to allow teams to begin trading compensatory draft picks this spring, according to league sources.

In previous years, teams have been prohibited from trading draft picks they were awarded for losing free agents.

But for teams like the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos that are expected to have a surplus of compensatory picks in 2016, this will give them added flexibility. It should lead to more draft-day trades, in the opinion of some around the league.

The issue already has been discussed and approved, but the league wants owners to sign off on it at their next meeting in Dallas in December, though one source expected that to be "just a formality." Now, "it's going to happen" in the words of another NFL source.