Owners OK trading of compensatory picks, shorten legal tampering window

NFL owners approved two changes Wednesday that might have an effect on the NFL draft starting in 2017 and free agency in 2016.

The owners, who are meeting in Irving, Texas, voted to allow compensatory draft picks to be traded beginning in 2017 and also voted to shorten the "legal tampering window" before free agency from three days to two.

In the past, compensatory picks -- awarded to teams for losing a certain number of free agents -- have not been tradeable.

The "legal tampering window" is a time period for player agents to contact teams about free agents before the official league year begins.

Dialogue between teams and free agents is permitted, but they are prohibited from coming to contractual terms until the market opens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.