24 May 2011
Not the ten most one-sided trades. No, this is a list of the top ten trades that worked for nobody. Was one year of Terrell Owens worth the headaches? Was Brandon Meriweather worth watching Reche Caldwell drop passes in the AFC Championship Game? Features appearances by all kinds of bad quarterbacks including Kelly Stouffer, Rex Grossman, and A.J. Feeley.
Here is the text from the two "Honorable Mention" entries which didn't make it to ESPN:
Honorable Mention One: The Eric Dickerson Trade
The Rams got fed up with Eric Dickerson’s never-ending contract demands, so they traded him to the Colts in a three-way deal which also involved the Bills. The Rams wound up with Greg Bell and three #1 picks which amounted to almost nothing (one was traded, the others became Gaston Green and Aaron Cox). The Rams remained contenders for two seasons, but their Dickerson-less offense relied too heavily on the unpredictable efforts of Jim Everett. The Colts got two great seasons from Dickerson and a decade’s worth of contract demands and controversies; his presence also led to the win-it-all-now Jeff George trade. The Bills made out as brokers often do, trading a running back they did not need (Bell) and a first round pick for the player the Colts chose with the second pick in the 1987 draft: future five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Cornelius Bennett. It pays to be the middle man.
Honorable Mention Two: The Ricky Williams Aftershock Trades.
Everyone remembers that Mike Ditka’s Saints traded almost all of their 1999 draft picks (plus first and third rounders in 2000) to the Redskins so they could move up in the draft to select Ricky Williams. What most people forget is that the Redskins turned right around and traded many of those picks; several went straight to the Bears so the Redskins could move up in the draft to select Champ Bailey.
The Saints got a talented running back with emotional issues and a 3-13 finish in 1999 for their troubles; Williams was out of New Orleans by 2001. The Bears wound up with epic bust Cade McNown and a bunch of role players. The Redskins came out on top: they got Bailey in 1999 and LaVar Arrington in 2000, plus some good choices with their own picks (tackles Chris Samuels and Jan Jansen) -- but their drafting and trading success had an unintended consequence. The expansion Texans chose Redskins general manager Charley Casserly to lead their front office, and once Casserly left, Dan Snyder was free to overspend for every free agent he wanted and treat draft picks like oil change coupons.
18 comments, Last at 27 May 2011, 9:55am by Anonymouse
It's a year of huge cornerback contracts, with A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore breaking the bank. But will these big-money contracts, and the big-time gambles associated with them, pay off?