Football Outsiders senior writer Mike Tanier put together his 10 most disappointing trades of the past quarter century for ESPN Insider.
Forty percent involved AFC East clubs, and in only one case were they not the suckers. In some instances there were no winners on either side of the deal.
The Miami Dolphins were indicted twice. Their succession of quarterback trades from 2005 through 2008 ranked eighth. Tanier called them a "series of ill-conceived trades for backups and has-beens."
The Dolphins' 1992 trade of Sammie Smith to the Denver Broncos for Bobby Humphrey came in at No. 7. It was "a one-for-one, headache-for-headache deal that turned out to be a waste of everyone's time," Tanier wrote.
Fourth on the list was the New York Jets' 2003 draft trade with the Chicago Bears. The Jets moved up to fourth in the order and drafted Dewayne Robertson. The Bears eventually drafted defensive end Michael Haynes (not Ty Warren) and quarterback Rex Grossman in the first round.
The New England Patriots came out ahead in the 2006 deal that ranked 10th. They dealt receiver Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round draft choice that became Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather. Three seasons later, the Patriots got Branch back for a fourth-round pick.