NFL Trades That Nearly Sank Their Franchises

Mike - September 20, 2019

NFL Trades That Nearly Sank Their Franchises

Mike - September 20, 2019
Green Bay Press-Gazette

3. Atlanta Falcons Trade Brett Favre To Green Bay Packers:

This is another one similar to the stories of Steve Young and John Elway. For some reason, Atlanta decided to trade another quarterback who became one of the all-time greats when they sent Favre to the Green Bay Packers for a first-round pick. The story went that then-Atlanta head coach Jerry Glanville was concerned about Favre’s hard-partying ways as a young player.

Of course, he went on to become a Super Bowl champion who made 11 Pro Bowls and six All-Pro teams. Favre threw for 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns in his Hall of Fame career. While he certainly inspired his fair share of controversy off the field due to his addictions and lewd photo scandal, Favre was an all-time legend. The Falcons traded away one of the greats here, and they haven’t won a Super Bowl since despite making two appearances.

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2. Pittsburgh Steelers Trade Antonio Brown To Oakland Raiders:

This is a trade that seems to be getting stranger and stranger by the day. After refusing to play in Week 17 of the 2018 NFL season, Brown forced his way out of Pittsburgh in a trade to Oakland. Because of the drama he inspired, Oakland only gave up third- and fifth-round picks to acquire Brown despite his talent. Of course, they did have to sign him to a brand-new contract extension that included $30 million guaranteed. From the moment it began, this relationship was doomed. Brown showed up and worked hard in offseason training, but the wheels came off in training camp. First, he was reportedly absent when he froze his feet in a cryotherapy mishap. Then he became involved in a strange grievance with the NFL because he wanted to wear an outlawed helmet that was banned because of its ancient safety standards.

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All that paled in comparison to what was to come, however. Brown repeatedly refused to show up to team activities, so Oakland general manager Mike Mayock fined him for it. Brown posted a photo of the fine letter on social media. It led to a confrontation where Brown allegedly called Mayock a racial slur and threatened to punch him in the face. He then apologized to the team the next day, but the team fined him again. Brown asked for and received his release and immediately went to the New England Patriots. While he made a successful debut there, Brown is now facing sexual assault allegations from two women and could be suspended. The Raiders got nothing for this trade, as Brown didn’t play a single game for them. For a summer, it tore their team apart from the inside.


1. Dallas Cowboys Trade Herschel Walker To Minnesota Vikings:

What else could top this list than the bad trade to end all bad trades? In a move that will forever live on in NFL infamy, Dallas traded running back Herschel Walker and four draft picks to the Vikings for a haul of five players and an incredible eight picks. These picks set the foundation for the Cowboys’ Super Bowl dynasty of the ‘90s. They drafted all-time great running back Emmitt Smith with one of the picks in addition to Pro Bowl safety Darren Woodson.

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Using those picks along with a ton of other talents, the Cowboys won three Super Bowls that decade. The Vikings did not. Walker never even topped 1,000 yards for Minnesota – his highest single-season total was only 850. He only played for the team for two seasons, hardly worth a trade the Vikings mortgaged their entire immediate future for. Because it set the Cowboys dynasty in motion and the Vikings back for so long, this is the worst trade in NFL history.