Worst NFL Trades of All Time

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Trading in the NFL is so rare because teams are loathe to give up people they spent picks on. They are willing to spend draft picks to fill their rosters, and trades of that nature have netted some of the greatest players in the sport. Trading one guy for another is much different, and this article explains some of the worst trades ever made in the NFL. Players who are acquired in the wrong way may damage a team for a decade, and lopsided trades cause a lack of parody in the NFL from year to year.

#1: Oilers Trading Away Steve Largent

Steve Largent was once the greatest receiver in league history. He has a trophy in Canton that is almost two stories tall for his achievement in breaking the career receiving mark, and he played nearly all that time for the Seahawks. he was traded to the Seahawks by the Oilers for an eighth round pick. There is no eighth round today, and the pick looks worse because the Oilers could have used Largent after finding Warren Moon out of the CFL. They missed out one a potential dynasty pairing because they did not evaluate Largent properly.

#2: Redskins Moving Up To Get Robert Griffin III

The Redskins gave away their everything to get Griffin, and they traded so much to the Rams that it looked like a sure thing. He played an incredible rookie season that will go down in history, but he faded fast. He is currently playing on and off for the Browns in what could be his last stop. The Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins with their first pick in the second round, and he looks like a $100 million dollar quarterback. The Redskins recovered, but the trade looks as dumb today as it did brilliant on the day of the draft.

#3: Saints Trade For Ricky Williams

The Saints traded a total of eight draft picks to get Heisman winner Ricky Williams. Ricky Williams may have been one of the finest talents to enter the NFL, and his running could have anchored an offense in New Orleans. Mike Ditka did not estimate Williams’ passion for the game properly, and Williams ultimately flamed out because he was more interested in meditation and smoking pot. The Saints lost big, and Ditka was fired. A bad trade paved the way years later for Drew Brees to come save the state of Louisiana.

#4: Chargers Trade Picks To Get Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf may be the biggest bust in NFL history. He came out of college with every intangible, every metric and a film collection to die for. He was unstable, erratic and uncoachable. The Chargers gave up several draft picks and a couple players to get Leaf, and all they got in return was someone they could not make due with. He became a burnout, a felon and a symbol for poor talent evaluation.

#5: Steve Young To The 49ers

The Bucs decided they did not want to wait for Steve Young to become a starting quarterback, and they traded him to the 49ers for nothing. They believed he would not develop in any system, but Young spent seven years backing up Joe Montana. He was prepared for the job when he took over, and he won the Super Bowl not long after. His hall of fame career included every noteworthy achievement, and he is considered to be the last of the small mobile quarterbacks.

NFL trades may be dangerous, and these five prove the point. Each one was a well-intentioned move to do right by the team, but the executives in each deal gave up potential for what turned out to be failure.

Wealthiest NFL Players of All Time

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As I began reviewing some of NFL’s highest paid players of all times, I learned so much more.

The National Football League is a professional American Football League, consisting of 32 teams. They are divided between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).

Each club is subject to a salary cap, which was set at $143.28 million for 2015, $10 million in 2014, and $20 million in 2013. The numbers change every year.

Players receive their salary over the course of a 17-week football season. The Wild Card players receives $22,000, Division Play-off players receives $24,000, Conference Championship players $44,000, and Super Bowl players- winners $97,000 and loosing team $49,000.

Players eligibility is more detail-oriented for Conferences Divisions and the Super Bowl. See List below:

Full Amount

* Players who aren’t on the 53-man roster at a game that spends at least eight
games on their roster.

* Vested Veterans with (four more years of service), put on injured reserve during
regular pre-season.

* Veterans with at least (one year of service) put on injured reserved during
regular season that are still under contract.

* Players on the 53-man roster when the game is played that have been on roster
for three previous games.

Half Amount

* Players who aren’t on the 53- man roster and spent three and seven games (regular
season) provide that they are not under contract.

* Non-vested veterans (3 years of service) put on injured reserve during pre-
season and are still under contract.

* First- year players put on injured reserved during regular season.

* Players on the 53-man roster when the game is played that have been on the
roster less than three games (regular season).

There are many players in the NFL that sign big contracts. Sometimes, players rarely
see the deals or all the money that is offered. There are contracts that are not
guaranteed, deals are restructured, some are cut, and salary-cap numbers are too big

A few of the players do enjoy the benefits of huge contracts. Listed below are 15 players, with the highest NFL Contracts in history:

* Peyton Manning, QB- $244.7 Million

* Tom Brady, QB- $162.8 Million

* Drew Brees, QB- $150.5 Million

* Phillip Rivers, QB- $151.9 Million

* Julius Peppers, DE- $148 Million

* Carson Palmer, QB- $138.1 Million

* Ben Roethlisberger, QB- $140.5 Million

* Larry Fitzgerald, QB- $129.3 Million

* Brett Favre, QB- $137.8 Million

* Michael Vick, QB- $121.2 Million

* Tony Romo, QB- $118.9 Million

* Calvin Johnson, WR- $113.8 Million

* Aaron Rogers, QB- $111.2 Million

* Mario Williams, DE- $119.9 Million

* Champ Bailey, CB- $102.8 Million

The National Football League is the highest paying in the world, and many players are driven by the competition, fame, and some of them by the salaries.

On the other hand, many NFL players have made big money, taken their teams to the Super Bowl, and have become Hall of Famers, and still make history.

Being in the NFL can be very rewarding and a lucrative career. Every year, the value of the league grows, and players sign on with larger contracts, that will make history.

The Best Stadiums in the NFL

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It is widely accepted that home field advantage is a major factor in the NFL today, which is why certain teams have enjoyed plenty of success in stadiums across the country. From rich fan traditions to winning dynasties, certain NFL stadiums have risen to the top of the football world. Here are just a few of the elite home field advantages that NFL teams enjoy today:

Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)

Although it may not be the most beautifully constructed stadium for an NFL team, there are two things that you can count on when talking about Denver Broncos home games: a sellout crowd and elevation. These two factors have spelled havoc for visiting teams in recent decades as the loyal Denver fans have made Sports Authority Field one of the more raucous environments in football.

Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)

Nestled in the great northeast, Gillette Stadium has housed perhaps the greatest football franchise this country has ever seen, and currently showcases the dynamic duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Known for its incredibly cold winter temperatures, the Massachusetts stadium has provided the Patriots with one of the best home field advantages that a team has experienced in recent memory.

Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)

It is impossible to talk about Lambeau Field without talking about traditions, and there are certainly plenty to go around every time that the Green Bay Packers play a home game. From the cheese heads in the crowd to the infamous “Lambeau Leap” after scoring a touchdown, this Wisconsin stadium is full of rich traditions and history. To date, Lambeau has come to been known as perhaps the most storied home field in the history of the NFL.

CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)

If you are into fan involvement and crowd noise, it is impossible to have a conversation without bringing up the impact that the “12th man” has on the Seattle Seahawks in the Pacific Northwest. With a capacity of 69,000, the Seahawks have recently thrived off of perhaps the most passionate and loud fans in the league, actually setting noise level records at times last season. On top of the stadium environment, the teams also play on a turf surface, which adds an extra dimension to visiting teams coming to visit Seattle.

Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Heinz Field may be known more for the sights and sounds of the stadium than the actual play on the field, although that hasn’t been bad at times either. With a stunning view of the Allegheny River and Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Steelers fans have enjoyed their home games in one of the more fan friendly environments in the sport. Moreover, the stadium is home to the world famous Terrible Towels which are waived by the home supporters, adding an extra dimension to the home field advantage for the Steelers.

AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)

The old saying that “money talks” applies in great effect to what the Dallas Cowboys have constructed in Arlington, Texas. The 80,00 capacity dome named after the team’s owner Jerry Jones is one of the most technologically innovative stadiums in the country today. The stadium not only houses a 60-yard high-definition video screen, but also includes another 3,000 screens throughout the property which are constantly showing a live feed, replays, etc. Ultimately, AT&T Stadium has risen to the top of stadiums in our country, and has already housed numerous other events including the NCAA Tournament, the College Football Playoff, as well as a multitude of concerts.

San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds

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Perhaps the only thing Kansas City and San Diego have in common is that their football teams tend to win and lose in streaks that bookend their seasons. Two years ago San Diego started the season 5-1 and missed the playoffs. Last year the Chiefs went 1-6 to start the season, then won ten in a row to make it to the divisional round of the AFC Championship. Kansas City hasn’t made a ton of changes to their pretty good but often unhealthy 2015 squad, while San Diego is already experiencing both financial and physical issues with this year’s number three overall, defensive end Joey Bosa, who has yet to practice in pads with the team following contract disputes and muscle tightness. Don’t expect him to play week one, but if he does, he could be a real difference maker. Chiefs QB Alex Smith is easily rattled and a hard-hittin’ big fella like Bosa would really knock him off his game.

The potential loss of Bosa is a big hit to San Diego’s already weak rushing defense, which has to contend to with Jamaal Charles at home, where they were excellent last year on their way to that 10-game winning streak to wrap up the season (which, by the way, they accomplished without Charles, who had been on injured reserve with a torn ACL since week 5). In two of those games, the Chiefs whomped the Chargers by a combined score of 43-6.

Historically, long-time Chargers QB Philip Rivers, now in his tenth year as starter, is not great against the Chiefs and hasn’t beaten them since a couple of late season squeakers in 2013. That shakiness can be a real liability when you’ve got Marcus Peters and Eric Berry downfield waiting for you to miss your mark by an inch or two. Speaking of Marcus Peters: his match-up with San Diego receiver Keenan Allen this Sunday will be the one to watch. Expect speedy, physical play from both of those guys.

While QB Alex Smith might be a little jumpy in the pocket, his tendency to check down his options isn’t as scary when he’s got Jamaal Charles in the backfield and Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin in front of him. San Diego doesn’t have the most threatening pass rush, KC’s front line should be able to hold them back.

The coaching match-up is a wash. Kansas City’s Andy Reid has a great mind for football but is indecisive in his execution in critical drives late in the game. Since the Chargers hired Mike McCoy, the NFL’s youngest head coach, their record in close games has been abysmal, and they’ve steadily descended the AFC West ladder since he replaced Norv Turner in 2013.

Kansas City is the superior team, but not by as much as it may seem on paper. They tend to start the season weak and finish strong, especially against divisional opponents, so even a Bosa-less Chargers has a chance to give the Chiefs a run for their money.
Speaking of money, mine is still on the Chiefs, by at least a touchdown, but I expect a high-scoring game with a fair number of errors on all sides of the ball.