List of largest National Football League trades

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This is a list of the largest National Football League player trades in league history, in terms of the number of players and Draft picks exchanged. In the case of draft picks, names in parentheses indicate the player eventually selected with that pick.


18 players[edit]

On October 13, 1989, the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers were involved in an 18-player trade, the largest trade in NFL history.

Dallas received: Minnesota received: San Diego received:
  • from Minnesota
  • from Dallas
  • from San Diego
  • from Minnesota

15 players[edit]

The Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns swapped 15 players on March 26, 1953.

Baltimore received: Cleveland received:

14 players[edit]

14 players moved between the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins on January 28, 1971, the opening day of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles received: Washington received:

12 players[edit]

The Dallas Texans and Los Angeles Rams traded 12 players on June 13, 1952. This was the largest trade by one team for a single player in history, as the Rams traded 11 players for one.

Dallas received: Los Angeles received:

10 players[edit]

The Chicago Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams saw 10 players move on March 23, 1959. This was another "one-for-several" trade, as the Rams sent nine players to Chicago for just one.

Chicago received: Los Angeles received:

On October 31, 1987, the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams traded 10 players between them.

Buffalo received: Indianapolis received: Los Angeles received:
  • from Indianapolis
  • from Los Angeles
  • from Buffalo
  • from Indianapolis

See also[edit]


  • Pro Football Hall of Fame – History section
  • HickokSports – NFL Draft history
  • 2003 NFL Record & Fact Book, 84th Season (Official 2003 National Football League Record & Fact Book), ISBN 978-0-7611-3148-9