Sports The Worst NFL Trades Ever Made  

Zachary Benau
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The NFL is not known for outlandish trades. Superstar trades are usually more reserved for the NBA and MLB. But over time, there have been many well-known names that have been moved in the NFL. Often times, the players are moved for draft picks as everyone is always trying to get younger in a league that is filled with injuries.

When trading someone like Steve Young, Jerome Bettis, or Randy Moss you better know what you're doing. Extra draft picks may not be worth the risk of losing a future Hall of Fame player. On the flip side, trading all your draft picks to move up in the Draft to select what you think is a sure thing can also be a drastic mistake. Everyone remembers the Chargers moving up to grab Ryan Leaf with the second overall pick, but the Chargers aren't the only team to make that mistake. Here is a list of the 15 worst trades in NFL history. Vote up which ones you think teams regret the most.  
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NFL Trades Ever Made
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in 1992, the Atlanta Falcons traded Brett Favre to the Green Bay Packers for a first-round pick. The Falcons felt the need to get rid of Favre because ex-Falcons coach Jerry Glanville worried about Favre's drinking at the time. Unfortunetely for Falcons fans, Favre spent 16 miraculaous seaons in Green Bay and became one of the all-time great quarterbacks in NFL history. 

Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Quarterback

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NFL Trades Ever Made
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In 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded Steve Young to the 49ers for second- and fourth-round draft picks. Young was on the Bucs for only two seasons before they determined he wasn't the franchise quarterback for them. After joining the 49ers, Young led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 1994 and became a Hall of Fame quarterback.  

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Quarterback

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#23 on The Best Football Players Ever

#8 on The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

#7 on The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

#18 on The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Time

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In 1999, the Indianapolis Colts traded Marshall Faulk to the St. Louis Rams for a second- and fifth-round pick. Faulk was a key member of the "greatest show on turf" and helped the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV. The Colts got a lot of production out of Faulk in his first five years in Indianapolis, but gave up on the running back a little too soon. 

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Running back

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#26 on The Best Football Players Ever

#8 on The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

#3 on The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

#2 on The Best College Running Backs of the 1990s

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In the middle of the 1989 season, the Dallas Cowboys traded star running back Herschel Walker and four draft picks to the Minnesota Vikings for five players and eight draft picks. While Dallas didn't know what they would be getting, they knew they had the potential to hit on a lot of talent, and did they ever. From all the picks, the Cowboys ended up with future Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith and safety Darren Woodson. This led to Dallas winning multiple Super Bowls.

On the other side of things, Walker ended up only playing two full seasons in Minnesota and never rushing for more than 850 yards. The Vikings gave up potentially their own dynasty for a star running back that never worked out.     

Birthplace: Wrightsville, Georgia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Position: Running back, Return specialist

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#18 on The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

#3 on The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

#46 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

#1 on The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time

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