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Carson Palmer and the 5 Strangest Trade Scenarios in Recent NFL History

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2011

Carson Palmer and the 5 Strangest Trade Scenarios in Recent NFL History

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    CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    A trade can be a very beneficial happening for the teams and players involved, but it seems that more and more often, trading is becoming a strange system.

    Many players are stuck in weird trade scenarios that make fans scratch their heads.

    Here are the five strangest trade scenarios in the NFL's recent history, including the much-publicized Carson Palmer debacle.

Randy Moss

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans makes a catch against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    Randy Moss' situation at the beginning of this year was so interesting because of how far he fell from relevancy.

    Just a few years ago, this player set the all-time, single-season receiving touchdown record—then in 2010, he is run out of town.

    Moss' attitude and waning productivity contributed to his demise in New England, but the strangeness of the situation is how fast everything happened.

    No. 81 went from being a top target whom teams game-planned against to being a fourth receiver on the Tennessee Titans.

Eli Manning

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    In the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers were certain that they had their franchise quarterback waiting in the wings when they drafted Eli Manning with the first overall pick.

    Manning, displaying his ego, made a huge deal about the situation until he was traded to the New York Giants for a package that included Philip Rivers.

    The strangeness lies in how a rookie quarterback had the audacity to try to pick his team, instead of having a team pick him.

    Looking back, the Chargers got the better quarterback statistically, but I'm sure the Giants would rather keep their Super Bowl ring.

Carson Palmer

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 2:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Bengals 6-0 at the half. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    This offseason, Carson Palmer shocked quite a few people when he declared that he'd be traded or outright retire.

    The strangeness of the situation was that a reasonably-successful NFL quarterback was threatening to retire because of how much he hated the city in which he played.

    Palmer's owner, Mike Brown, only made this situation juicier by playing into Palmer's antics, throwing a fit like a five-year-old when someone takes the five-year-old's favorite toy.

    The Brown and Palmer ongoing feud only makes this trade scenario weirder.

Josh McDaniels

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks on while taking on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Josh McDaniels took over the Broncos and made sure that in a short period of time, he ran every talented offensive player out of town.

    Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Tony Scheffler are all having measured success elsewhere while the Broncos muddle in irrelevancy.

    The strangeness of this whole trade scenario was how Bronco brass allowed this to go on.

    After running the franchise quarterback out of town, one would think that someone would say something—rather, McDaniels had his way and drove the Broncos into the ground.

Jason Taylor

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Linebacker Jason Taylor #99 of the Miami Dolphins looks on as the last few moments of the game tick away against the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out a play at the line of scrimmage at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Flor
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    Jason Taylor was one of the top sack artists in the league at one time, but what transpired with his trading situation is one of the strangest of recent history.

    Trade rumors swirled about Taylor with the Miami Dolphins receiving many offers despite a high asking price.

    Eventually, Taylor was traded to the Washington Redskins for a second- and sixth-rounder, but then the Redskins released Taylor after just one season (a non-productive one at that) for not participating in team workouts.

    The Redskins lost two draft picks for absolutely no reason and the Dolphins got back Taylor.

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