It appeared as though the Broncos and Aaron Rodgers were a match made in heaven. Then the Green Bay quarterback announced an insane extension with his franchise. Everything happened very quickly after this as Denver swooped for Wilson. This pleased fans because Wilson is one of the greatest quarterbacks in recent history (via ESPN).
Seattle received three players including quarterback Drew Lock and tight end Noah Fant. Meanwhile, the Broncos also gave up several draft picks. It meant that they had their first bonafide franchise QB since Peyton Manning. Furthermore, it brought the Pete Carroll-Wilson pairing to an end. It’s sad to see Wilson leave Seattle after 10 seasons with the Seahawks. But it’s exciting that he has a fresh start in the stacked AFC West.
Kansas City coach Andy Reid admitted that this trade was about the salary cap. He didn’t want to lose one of the league’s most dynamic talents. He admitted it will be difficult to see him catch passes for another team but that’s the nature of the business sometimes. It’s also one of the joys of the NFL that one team can’t just buy all of the best players instantly (via FOX News).
Moss is a legendary Hall of Famer. The wideout spent the bulk of his career with the Vikings before moving to the Raiders. Then the Patriots lured him to Foxborough for a late-career resurgence. Moss had a massive profile but many people thought that he was done. Oakland only received a fourth-round pick for the veteran but Moss rewarded Bill Belichick’s faith (via SBNation).
Some will say that this wasn’t a blockbuster trade because the Patriots didn’t give the Raiders anything. However, that misses out on the fact that Moss was a superstar. He also went on to have multiple 1000-yard seasons. In short, it’s probably the best fourth-round pick swap in history. This was a brilliant piece of foresight from Belichick and his team.
Faulk was a phenomenal running back with the Rams. But he started his career with the Colts where he was very good. It wasn’t until he moved to St. Louis that he took his game to the next level. This was a blockbuster trade where both sides gained a lot. Yes, the Rams received a vital member of their famed ‘Greatest Show on Turf.’ He played a crucial role in their future success.
Meanwhile, the Colts received Edgerrin James. The tailback also enjoyed a Hall of Fame career in Indianapolis and helped them to the postseason multiple times. In many cases, one team exploited another’s weakness. That could be their cap space or simply a player’s desire to move. However, this is a fine example of both franchises getting what they wanted (via Clutchpoints).
Rice is the greatest receiver in NFL history. He built his 21-season career in San Francisco but things could have worked out very differently. The Patriots had the first pick in 1985 but later agreed to trade with the 49ers. San Francisco sent three picks to New England to move up and snatch Rice. It proved to be a franchise-defining decision for the 49ers.
He was a three-time Super Bowl champion including an MVP performance. The 13-time Pro Bowler also led the NFL in receiving yards in six seasons. Meanwhile, Rice won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year award twice. The only thing he’s missing is the NFL MVP award but that’s often reserved for quarterbacks. This blockbuster trade instigated a glorious career (via Sportskeeda).
This remains the most one-sided and worst trade in NFL history. Walker was phenomenal for the Cowboys. This convinced the Vikings that he was the missing piece to help them win a Super Bowl. However, Minnesota should accept that they’re never going to win a ring. That’s because Walker’s form immediately dissolved after he arrived in a blockbuster trade. 18 players switched in this chaotic deal.
Meanwhile, Minnesota gave up everything to bring him North. Dallas received a pair of first-round picks and three second-round picks. Oh, and the Vikings also threw in a third-rounder for good measure. Walker stayed in Minnesota for two seasons without posting 1,000 yards. Then, the Cowboys won three Super Bowls in the space of four years when they built a dynasty off of the insane haul the Vikings had signed off on (via Fanbuzz).