Compensatory picks can be traded in next year’s draft

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Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome’s phone just blew up, and he doesn’t know why.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL is expected to allow teams to trade compensatory picks in next year’s draft, which should create more deals during the draft weekend.

In previous years, the picks doled out to compensate for losses in unrestricted free agency couldn’t be dealt, which froze the picks at the end of each round.

But with them liberated, teams might be more apt to package multiple picks to move around, creating even more action.

No team has played the compensatory pick game better than the Ravens, who rarely dip into unrestricted free agency, and consistently develop players that other teams want to sign.

33 responses to “Compensatory picks can be traded in next year’s draft

  1. Always thought this rule was stupid. Teams do not trade picks for nothing, they do so to better their teams, which is the reason they get comp picks. Makes for a better draft by allowing picks to be traded…time will tell if this is truly the case.

  2. I guess the NFL is capable of making good decisions.

    It’s been a while, hopefully it starts a trend.

  3. “No team has played the compensatory pick game better than the Ravens, who rarely dip into unrestricted free agency, and consistently develop players that other teams want to sign.”

    While this statement is generally true and Newsome has been a terrific GM for the Ravens, this is not the best year to come up with specific examples to support the general statement.

    Who are the homegrown Ravens that other teams are drooling to acquire these days?

  4. No question, the ravens are a model organization.

    Every team aspires to be a 20W-21L team like the ravens have been over the last 3 years. Its a fans dream come true.

  5. Just more ammo for the Lions to move up in the 2nd round for guys that have issues and that will spend little time in the league.

  6. williamannand says:
    Nov 19, 2015 12:19 PM
    “No team has played the compensatory pick game better than the Ravens, who rarely dip into unrestricted free agency, and consistently develop players that other teams want to sign.”

    While this statement is generally true and Newsome has been a terrific GM for the Ravens, this is not the best year to come up with specific examples to support the general statement.

    Who are the homegrown Ravens that other teams are drooling to acquire these days?

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    Pernell Mcphee for one last year signed a massive contract with Chicago

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    2016 will be more of the same:

    Kelechi Osemele
    Justin Tucker (who will be franchised or signed longterm)

  7. I think the compensatory draft pick system is ridiculous. I fail to understand why a team should get compensated for their inability (or unwillingness) to re-sign a player.

    Isn’t that why there’s Tags too (Franchise or Transition)? … To give teams options in how they deal with their free agents?…

    I just feel compensatory picks are unnecessary. But this is just another way for the NFL to stir-up interest in the offseason…. And now increase more interest in the Draft due to anticipation of more deals/trades.

  8. It is one thing Ozzy does well but losing top talent year after year and replacing them with draft picks when your record of drafting the last five years is spotty at best isn’t a viable long-term strategy. It shows in this year’s record the strategy has caught up with them. With all those picks they have been unable to draft a darting caliber wide receiver, edge rusher or secondary player in a long time or add quality depth anywhere other than the DL and TE.

  9. Ravens have lost Tyrod Taylor, Kruger, Ellerbe, McPhee, Grubbs and many many others in just the past few years. Who exactly do they have to show for the compensatory picks they received in return?

    The notion that the Ravens made the right choice is letting these guys go is based solely on number of picks. Start comparing who they got to who they let go and it tells a much different story.

    As we’re seeing this year when losing good players and replacing them with picks made at the end of the 4th and 5th rounds (I realize there are others) does not usually work out.

    The only thing letting these guys go has provided is space to pay Flacco $30m a season.

  10. compensatory pics are a joke.

    everyone has a chance to sign their guys, they chose not to.
    Whether it be through cap restrictions, or just being out bid, they make the call.

    why supplement anything.

  11. It’s about time. Although the compensatory system has been flawed from it’s inception that was always the numbest part of it. With the rookie wage scale in place weak front offices are protected from themselves enough as it is.

  12. If anything, the theory that Newsome knows what he is doing is starting to fall apart this year. He’s had 2 back to back terrible drafts and the Ravens are without a shadow of a doubt the worst team in the league this year not ending with a 9er. It might be time for the Ravens to consider moving on if next year’s draft turns up as many busts as the last 2.

  13. I would argue that no team has made better use of compensatory picks than the Patriots, since Tom Brady was drafted with a compensatory pick. They are also good at stockpiling them.

  14. Trent Baalke will put this new rule to use by acquiring more players coming off of ACL injuries, with little to no chance of contributing and of course using a mid round pick on a punter.

  15. The only thing letting these guys go has provided is space to pay Flacco $30m a season.

    Joe Flacco never has and never will be paid $30m in a season. Say it as many times as you want but it still will never be true. 🙂

  16. Steeley McBeam says:
    Nov 20, 2015 9:45 AM
    ^^ well then they better get to work in restructuring him because hes due $28.6m just next season…

    And restructure he will, recieving a portion of that money as a signing bonus which will be prorated of the years of the extention, or he will be cut. That’s how these contracts work on every NFL team. I am sure that you know that but it is more fun to play the fool I suppose.

  17. Steeley McBeam says:
    Nov 19, 2015 1:22 PM

    The notion that the Ravens made the right choice is letting these guys go is based solely on number of picks. Start comparing who they got to who they let go and it tells a much different story.

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    This work has been done and documented many times over. Just look for it. Stop trying to hate on this story. Its a feel good story for once. God knows we have plenty of other bad press you can go troll.

  18. Can future comp picks be traded?

    “I’ll give you all my 2020 comp picks for your 3rd rounder this year!”

    If so, in a year or two, Snyder will have all comp picks traded until the next millennium.

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