One trade can swing the hands of fate, turning your team from a perennial loser into a Super Bowl champion...and vice versa.
The Bills thought they were getting a franchise quarterback when they traded for Drew Bledsoe. The Cowboys thought they had the next Michael Irvin in Roy Williams, and let's not forget Mike Ditka gave up his entire draft with the Saints to trade up and select Ricky Williams. The last two are trades that in hindsight rank as some of the worst deals in NFL history.
What players will be available for trade once the NFL lockout ends? We break down the best players on the trade block at each position.
Everyone knows the big names here: Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton and Donovan McNabb. Which veteran quarterback will be a savior, and which will be a curse?
Vince Young makes the list only because it is still possible a team will try to trade for his services and lock him up to a restructured contract once the deal is done.
|1||Kevin Kolb||Eagles||Late first-round pick plus a player|
|2||Carson Palmer||Bengals||Second-round pick|
|3||Kyle Orton||Broncos||Third-round pick|
|4||Vince Young||Titans||Fourth-round pick|
|5||Donovan McNabb||Redskins||Fourth-round pick|
|6||Dennis Dixon||Steelers||Fourth-round pick|
|7||Jimmy Clausen||Panthers||Fourth-round pick|
|8||Brady Quinn||Broncos||Fifth-round pick|
|9||Brian Hoyer||Patriots||Sixth-round pick|
|10||Luke McCown||Jaguars||Seventh-round pick|
Chris Johnson is arguably the best running back in the NFL, so why would the Titans consider trading him?
Johnson is on record as saying he wants a historic contract and could handcuff the Titans into dealing him. Johnson knows he can make more in a bigger market and may be pushing Tennessee into a corner.
Shonn Greene leads a list of underachievers who may be dealt to fill holes not addressed through the draft and free agency.
|1||Chris Johnson||Titans||First- and second-round picks, plus future picks|
|2||Shonn Greene||Jets||Late second-round pick|
|3||BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RFA)||Patriots||Late second-round pick|
|4||Reggie Bush||Saints||Third-round pick|
|5||Ryan Grant||Packers||Fourth-round pick|
|6||Marion Barber III||Cowboys||Fourth-round pick|
|7||Tashard Choice||Cowboys||Fifth-round pick|
|8||Steve Slaton||Texans||Fifth-round pick|
|9||Donald Brown||Colts||Fifth-round pick|
|10||Chris Ivory||Saints||Seventh-round pick|
Could Larry Fitzgerald be traded away this summer? You bet he could.
Fitzgerald is an excellent player, but he also wants to win a ring and has a contract that expires after the season. The Cardinals could see that they are better off getting compensation for him rather than letting him walk free.
The same can be said in San Diego, where Vincent Jackson is a franchise tag recipient.
Carolina, Cincinnati and Tennessee could also look to move receivers who are no longer happy with their situations.
|1||Larry Fitzgerald||Cardinals||First- and second-round picks plus future pick|
|2||Vincent Jackson||Chargers||First-round pick|
|3||Steve Smith||Panthers||Second-round pick|
|4||Kenny Britt||Titans||Second-round pick|
|5||Roy Williams||Cowboys||Third-round pick|
|6||Chad Ochocinco||Bengals||Fifth-round pick|
|7||Eddie Royal||Broncos||Fifth-round pick|
|8||Anthony Gonzalez||Colts||Seventh-round pick|
|9||Brandon Tate||Patriots||Seventh-round pick|
|10||Andre Caldwell||Bengals||Seventh-round pick|
Offensive linemen are rarely traded, especially good ones. Logan Mankins may be an exception if the Patriots cannot talk him into a long-term deal on the back of a franchise tag designation.
Outside of Mankins, the NFL trade market for offensive linemen features veterans on their last legs and underachieving former first-round picks.
|1||Logan Mankins||Patriots||First-round pick|
|2||Andre Smith||Bengals||Fourth-round pick|
|3||Brian Waters||Chiefs||Sixth-round pick|
|4||Chris Williams||Bears||Sixth-round pick|
|5||Marc Colombo||Cowboys||Seventh-round pick|
The group of players available on the defensive line features players unhappy with their teams and contract situations (Osi Umenyiora and Albert Haynesworth), former first-round picks who have failed to live up to their salaries (Tyson Jackson, Jerry Hughes, Derrick Harvey and Amobi Okoye) and veterans without a place on improving rosters.
|1||Osi Umenyiora||Giants||Early second-round pick|
|2||Tyson Jackson||Chiefs||Late second-round pick|
|3||Albert Haynesworth||Redskins||Fourth-round pick|
|4||Jerry Hughes||Colts||Fourth-round pick|
|5||Derrick Harvey||Jaguars||Fourth-round pick|
|6||Ty Warren||Patriots||Fifth-round pick|
|7||Antwan Odom||Bengals||Fifth-round pick|
|8||Phillip Merling||Dolphins||Fifth-round pick|
|9||Amobi Okoye||Texans||Sixth-round pick|
|10||Everson Griffen||Vikings||Sixth-round pick|
Linebackers, like offensive linemen, are rarely traded when they can still be productive.
One example of a player on the move this year with plenty left in the tank would be Arizona's Daryl Washington, who has been linked to Kevin Kolb in a potential trade with the Eagles.
Outside of Washington, this is a ragtag group of malcontents (Channing Crowder and Joey Porter) and young players battling for playing time and exposure.
There is also at least one example of a draft bust.
|1||Larry English||Chargers||Second-round pick|
|2||Bradie James||Cowboys||Third-round pick|
|3||Daryl Washington||Cardinals||Third-round pick|
|4||Dan Connor||Panthers||Third-round pick|
|5||Nick Barnett||Packers||Fourth-round pick|
|6||Channing Crowder||Dolphins||Fifth-round pick|
|7||Sergio Kindle||Ravens||Fifth-round pick|
|8||Parys Haralson||49ers||Sixth-round pick|
|9||Joey Porter||Cardinals||Seventh-round pick|
|10||Aaron Maybin||Bills||Seventh-round pick|
The Cardinals used the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft to select cornerback Patrick Peterson. Many feel this was done in an effort to trade Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
DRC is a premium cornerback and would command major compensation if he hit the open market, something Arizona needs as it tries to find a quarterback and rebuild its offensive line.
Others, like Aqib Talib and Mike Jenkins, are available due to off- and on-field issues with attitude and character.
|1||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Cardinals||First- and second-round and future draft picks|
|2||Aqib Talib||Buccaneers||Second-round pick|
|3||Mike Jenkins||Cowboys||Second-ound pick|
|4||Leodis McKelvin||Bills||Third-round pick|
|5||Kyle Wilson||Jets||Third-round pick|
|6||Brandon Meriweather||Patriots||Third-round pick|
|7||Terence Newman||Cowboys||Fourth-round pick|
|8||Corey Webster||Giants||Fifth-round pick|
|9||Cedric Griffin||Vikings||Fifth-round pick|
|10||Jonathan Wilhite||Patriots||Sixth-round pick|