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3 Worst Trades of the 2019 NFL Season

David Kaestle
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Every offseason, NFL teams focus on how to make their teams better, and one of the ways that happens is through trades. However, those trades don't always accomplish what they're supposed to, and in fact, can make the team worse or have no negative or positive effect at all.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three trades that backfired for teams in 2019.

3. Broncos Trade for Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco warms up before a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Joe Flacco warms up before a game against the Indianapolis Colts. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos drafted Drew Lock in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but at the time, it seemed like more of a backup plan, or at least someone who would sit and wait in the wings until he was ready to take over as the starter. Prior to that, the Broncos traded a fourth-round pick for Joe Flacco to be the team's starting quarterback. Although, Flacco was underwhelming to say the least. In eight starts in 2019, Flacco delivered a 2-6 record and 1,822 passing yards with only six touchdowns to five interceptions. These paltry numbers forced the Broncos to speed up Lock's timeline, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Lock flourished, going 4-1 as the starter and throwing for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

2. Patriots Trade for Mohamed Sanu

Mahomed Sanu talks with To Brady following a play.
Mahomed Sanu talks with To Brady following a play. / Elsa/Getty Images

The New England Patriots went into this season with some question marks around their receiving corps. Sure, at times throughout the year you could argue it had plenty of talent, especially for the one week it had both Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon as a part of it. However, Brown and Gordon were both released. Enter Mohamed Sanu, who was acquired for a second-round pick from the Atlanta Falcons to help fortify the group and give Brady an extra weapon to throw to. Things didn't exactly turn out that way, though. In eight games for the Patriots, Sanu only had more than three catches one time and outside of that lone game, when he had 81 receiving yards, he never had more than 35 yards. If you're giving up a second-round pick for that type of production, you surely can't call it a win.

1. Raiders Trade for Antonio Brown

Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals
Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals / Norm Hall/Getty Images

Antonio Brown has had an insane last five months, both literally and figuratively. After the Raiders sent Pittsburgh a third- and fifth-round pick for the superstar wide receiver, who had worn out his welcome in the steel city, Brown brought his problems with him to the west coast. From accidentally giving himself frostbite on his feet, to going radio silent from the team, to social media tirades and secretly recording a phone call with Jon Gruden, it was hard to keep track of all the madness that happened in the short time Brown was with the Raiders. At the end of the day, Brown never played a regular-season snap in Oakland and the team cut its losses and Brown before the season began, getting nothing but headaches in exchange for those two draft picks.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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