Sometimes, players just don’t work out with certain teams. This is when a team will cut their losses and either release the person altogether or trade the player. Not every athlete is lucky enough to be traded away or released, and this often comes back to haunt teams. Yet some of the greatest trades led to titles. Most tend to happen in the offseason as well.
The greatest offseason trades in sports history are numerous, but not all lead to a title. Some come close, such as the case of Randy Moss being traded to the New England Patriots for practically nothing. Upon arrival, Moss set records for the Patriots and NFL alike. The team even went 18-0 and ended up in the Super Bowl….only to then lose when it mattered most.
While the Pats would go on to far more Super Bowls and get several titles since then, this just goes to show that trades do not always work out. To us, the greatest off-season trades are always ones that lead to a title.
Our criteria for this list is pretty simple.
While a title did not have to happen the following season, the person traded did need to be a key part in helping the team win a championship. This means if the person retires, is released, or traded away again…they do not count.
We also did not count players who refused to play for the team that drafted them, forcing a trade to occur, such as Eli Manning. However, we did count ALL types of trades, including those that did not exactly involve “players.”
Now that this is out of the way, sit back and relax. For you are about to learn of the most amazing and greatest offseason trades in sports history.