I understand that the rule is that you cannot trade compensatory selections. But why not - what is the logic? Suppose the Pats (or some other team for that matter) wanted to "trade" a compensatory selection. Could they work some kind of deal whereas the Pats select a player for another team, and subsequently trade him for "future considerations" - aka, a future draft pick or player...? I guess the question is: Can you trade the rights to a player? Example: Pats 3rd round compensatory pick comes up. Another team (KC) really wants some player X. Pioli calls BB to chat and the next thing you know someone is announcing that the "with the 96th selection, the NE Patriots have selected Player X". Applause. Some time goes by (three weeks?, two rounds?, 0:45 seconds ?) and the teams announce that the rights to Player X have been traded to KC for a 2010 3rd round selection. Legit? Likely to incur the wrath of Goddell? Groundbreaking?