Chicago Bears: Historical mistakes could be made again
Chicago Bears look back at the trade of a lifetime
The Chicago Bears might have worked one over on the Las Vegas Raiders by getting that second-round draft pick in return back, but the odds of them working on over to acquire a quarterback in a passing era might prove to be more difficult.
Let’s go over the greatest trade in NFL history and see how it worked out for both teams. I believe this trade created a dynasty team—the historical Herchel Walker trade. Now I get that it’s not a quarterback, but it was not a passing era either. This was a running back dominated era, that if you had one, you were going far; if you had two, you were winning it all. Minnesota Vikings felt that they were a player away from being a contender. That’s all we keep hearing now.
They would trade the most players and draft picks for a player ever in history. Ryan Pace might make the history books after all. Now it was not so heavily one-sided. That’s the key to this trade. The Vikings were able to get Herchel Walker, the Cowboys 1990 third and 10th round draft picks, a 1990 fifth-round, and a 1991 third-round draft pick.
Going into detail about those picks is too much for this article. The Cowboys received Jessee Solomon, David Howard, Issiac Holt, Alex Stewart, 1990 first-round pick, 1990 second-round pick, 1990 sixth-round pick, and 1992 second-round pick.
That does not seem like a lot (or maybe it does), but it was even crazier when each player had their own condition. If the players were all cut by January 31st in 1990, those players converted to draft picks. Those draft picks became the foundation of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys.
Would you have cut those players to gain a first and second-round draft pick in 1991 and a first and third-round draft pick in 1992? Heck yes, who wouldn’t. So that became three firsts, two seconds, a third and sixth-round picks: