Biggest in-season NFL trades of the past decade

There was a time — it seems so long ago — when the NFL trade deadline was a snoozer.

But the past two weeks have seen Carlos Hyde and Amari Cooper, among other veterans, change addresses.

How does the trade deadline look now compared to the long-ago history of, say, 2016 and earlier? Check out the most notable deals of the past decade:

Note: This story was originally posted in October 2017. It has been updated for the 2018 season.

Rarely in NFL history has a midseason trade carried such wide-ranging implications. The Patriots shipped out their presumed quarterback of the future, clearing the way for Tom Brady to remain as starter indefinitely. The 49ers lucked into a premium passer who was ready to play immediately, redirecting their plan to pursue veteran Kirk Cousins in free agency. (Cousins went on to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.) Garoppolo was so impressive in a five-start audition that the 49ers signed him to a contract extension in spring 2018 that fully guarantees him nearly $50 million. An ACL tear ended his 2018 season after three starts, but this trade changed the fortunes of three franchises in a way that NFL deals rarely do.

 

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