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The 14 Most Shocking Trades in NFL History

The NFL offseason period is one of the most exciting – and unpredictable – events on the sports calendar. Big name free agents are won through bidding wars and awarded huge contracts, while unexpected

The NFL offseason period is one of the most exciting – and unpredictable – events on the sports calendar. Big name free agents are won through bidding wars and awarded huge contracts, while unexpected signings, cuts and trades are made. It’s a crucial period of time for all 32 teams and the moves made can affect a franchise for several years. While most eyes are on free agency and the NFL Draft, this is also the time of year when the trade window officially opens up again.

As we’ve seen this offseason anybody can get traded in the NFL, no matter what their perceived value to their team. LeSean McCoy, Jimmy Graham and Nick Foles are some of several starters that found themselves traded away in what must have been one of the sports world's most hectic news days in a while. Fans and analysts alike were surprised with all the activity and the apparent gold rush of big name trades. While those same fans and analysts eagerly await to see the impact these trades will have in September, here’s a look at some of the most shocking trades the NFL has seen.

14 Eli Manning for Philip Rivers

Via nypost.com

13 Jimmy Graham Gets Shipped to Seattle

Via towleroad.com

12 Mike Haynes to the Raiders

Via nfl.com

11 Herschel Walker for Everyone Else

Via dallasnews.com

10 Chip Kelly’s 2015 Tradeapalooza

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports Images

9 Sam Huff Goes to Washington

Via redskinshistorian.com

8 Jay Cutler Gets Thrown Out of Denver

Via nfl.com

7 New Orleans Gives Up Their ’99 Draft Class for Ricky Williams

Via palmbeachpost.com

6 Browns Move Richardson to Indianapolis After One Season

Via rantsports.com

5 Eric Dickerson Wears Blue

Via nfl.com

4 Bobby Layne Curses the Lions

Via nfl.com

3 John Elway Changes Teams After the Draft

Via broncoszone.blogspot.com

2 Brett Favre Comes Out of Retirement and Heads to the Big Apple

Via galleryhip.com

1 Joe Montana Leaves San Francisco

Via sporcle.com

After a string of injuries, the 49ers did the unthinkable and traded away franchise QB Joe Montana. Well, unthinkable is a bit of a strong word. In all honesty, ridding yourself of a 37-year-old coming off back-to-back injury riddled campaigns seems like a smart choice. But still, it’s Joe Montana. A four-time Super Bowl champ, Montana was beloved by fans and teammates alike. The 49ers were ready to hand the keys over to Steve Young who’d played admirably while filling in for Montana. They got great value for the future Hall of Fame player, who ended up leading the Chiefs to an AFC Championship.

Sources: vikingupdate.com, espn.go.com, bigblueview.com, raiders.com, nj.com, nfl.com

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