Largest Trades in NFL History

Liam CallahanContributor IApril 5, 2010

21 Dec 1997:  Running back Herschel Walker of the Dallas Cowboys runs down the field during a game against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.  The Giants won the game 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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There are very few trades over the course of the season in the NFL compared to the other major sports. However, the NFL has had some of the biggest trades in sports history. Let’s take a look


10 Player Deals:

Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Cardinals, 1959

Los Angeles received: Ollie Matson

Chicago received: RB Don Brown, T Frank Fuller, DT Art Hauser, FB Larry Hickman, DE Glenn Holtzman, T Ken Panfil, E John Trace, 1960 second-round pick, and a player to be named later

Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and Los Angeles Rams, 1987

Buffalo received (from Indianapolis): Rights to LB Cornelius Bennett

Indianapolis received (from Los Angeles): RB Eric Dickerson

Los Angeles received (from Buffalo): RB Greg Bell, 1988 first-round pick, 1989 first-round pick, 1989 second-round pick

Los Angeles received (from Indianapolis): RB Owen Gill, 1988 first-round pick, 1988 second-round pick, 1989 second-round pick

12-Player Deal:

Dallas Texans and Los Angeles Rams, 1952

Dallas received: RB Dave Anderson, RB Billy Baggett, T Jack Holliday, RB Dick Hoerner, DB Tom Keane, FB Dick McKissack, C Aubrey Phillips, C Joe Reid, DB George Sims, LB Vic Vasicek, E Richard Williams

Los Angeles received: Rights to LB/G/K Les Richter

14-Player Deal:

Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, 1971

Los Angeles received: LB Marlin McKeever, 1971 first-round draft pick, 1972, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-round draft picks


Washington received: LB Maxie Baughan, RB Jeff Jordan, LB Jack Pardee, LB Myron Pottios, DT Diron Talbert, G John Wilbur, 1971 fifth-round draft pick


15-Player Deal:

Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns, 1953

Baltimore received: QB Harry Agganis, T Dick Batten, E Gern Nagler, DB Bert Rechichar, LB, Ed Sharkey, T Stu Sheets, DB Don Shula, G Art Spinney, DB Carl Taseff, G Elmer Willhoite

Cleveland received: LB Tom Catlin, DT Don Colo, G Herschell Forester, T Mike McCormack, DB John Petitbon

And finally, the grand-daddy of them all...... "The Trade"

18-Player Deal:

Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and San Diego Chargers

Dallas received (from Minnesota): CB Issac Holt, LB David Howard, LB Jesse Solomon, DE Alex Stewart, 1990 first-, second-, and sixth- round picks, 1991 first- and second-round picks, 1992 first-, second-, and third-round picks

Dallas received (from San Diego): Darrin Nelson

Minnesota received (from Dallas): RB Herschel Walker, 1990 third- and 10th-round picks, 1991 third-round pick

Minnesota received (from San Diego): 1990 fifth-round pick

San Diego received (from Minnesota): RB Darrin Nelson