Every NFL fan would love to turn their franchise into a super team with many of the league’s best players. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way in the NFL because of cap space. Massive trades are relatively rare but that’s also why they’re so intriguing. Today we’ll look at some of the biggest trades of the past decade and see just how good or bad they were.
There’s usually a winner and a loser when it comes to big trades. Teams might think they’re releasing assets in a trade for guaranteed success but that’s not always the case as we saw with Russell Wilson in Denver. Meanwhile, some franchises traded picks so they could secure the draft spot they wanted. This also had a high volatility in terms of success. Check out which NFL trades of the past decade worked out and which ones fell flat here.
The Niners went all-in on Colin Kaepernick and traded Smith to the Chiefs in 2013. It was a deal that made sense for both parties because Kansas City needed a starter. Meanwhile, the trade gave San Francisco more options in the Draft. They received a second-round and third-round pick in exchange for the quarterback (via NBC Sports).
In the end, this was one of the better trades of the past decade. Smith didn’t set the world on fire but he was a reliable option as he helped the Chiefs to four postseason appearances in five years. Meanwhile, his presence helped Andy Reid to develop Patrick Mahomes into the current best quarterback in the league after they redshirted the former Texas Tech star for his rookie season.