It’s fair to say that championship teams are built through the NFL draft. But when it comes to trades in this league, anything can happen — especially if it’s the missing piece to a contending team’s puzzle. Every time, teams believe they were doing their best until proven otherwise, with future Pro-Bowlers, Hall of Famers, Super Bowl champions, and MVPs slipping away from their grasp.
With that in mind, let’s look at some of the big name players in football who were nearly dealt with another team, but it never happened, or maybe it did.
Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy To Tennessee For Marcus Mariota
An Eagles team who was desperate for a quarterback attempted to trade up in the 2015 NFL Draft. With hopes of acquiring the Titans second overall pick and landing Marcus Mariota, Tennesse didn’t want to budge, so the Eagles called up the Buccaneers to attempt to acquire their first overall pick, which never happened. The Eagles never got Mariota, but they did trade Foles and McCoy in other trades.
Adrian Peterson To Dallas
Adrian Peterson was angry with the Vikings for allowing the NFL to keep him out for most of the 2014 season, and it was rumored he was seeking a trade. Peterson wanted to be traded to the Cowboys, and Jerry Jones publicly stated he was going to look into a trade to acquire Peterson. The Vikings ended up keeping Peterson and the Cowboys backed off considering they were close to the salary cap.
Phil Simms In California
In order to move up in the 1992 NFL Draft, the Giants were reportedly interested in trading Phill Simms. Two teams came calling, the Chargers and Raiders, who were quite interested in the veteran quarterback. However, the Giants slammed the rumors, and Simms played with the Giants for a few more seasons, eventually winning the starting job back.
Emmanuel Sanders To New England
Emmanuel Sanders had signed an offer sheet with the Patriots in 2013. His team at the time, the Steelers, matched the offer, but the Patriots wanted him again in 2014. In the end, Sanders wanted a big pay day and the Broncos delivered on his expectations and signed him as a free agent in 2014. Sanders posted 1,404 receiving yards in his first year as a Bronco.