Best NFL training camp trades of last 10 years: Khalil Mack, Laremy Tunsil trades among highlights

Best NFL training camp trades of last 10 years: Khalil Mack, Laremy Tunsil trades among highlights

Just because training camp is underway doesn’t mean NFL teams are done changing their rosters. Most of the big names are locked in place ahead of the 2022 season, but recent history tells us that the summer could still host some flashy moves. The past decade has featured more than a dozen trades in camp or the preseason involving starters or other prominent players — a rough average of just over one “blockbuster” per year.

Here’s a refresher on the most notable preseason trades since 2012:


Randall Cobb to Packers: Green Bay only gave up a sixth-round pick to get Aaron Rodgers’ friend back from the Texans, but the move still confirmed that A-Rod had “won” his brief power struggle with the Packers.

Bradley Robbie to Saints: New Orleans gave up two picks, including a third-rounder, to sign the former Broncos and Texans cornerback right before the start of the season, giving Dennis Allen’s defense proven insurance.


Jamal Adams to the Seahawks: The Jets got a win for their former first-round pick by sending the All-Pro safety to Seattle for a package that included two first-rounders, a third-rounder and veteran Bradley McDougald.

Yannick Ngakue to Vikings: You forgot about this one, didn’t you? Minnesota traded two picks, including a second-rounder, to the Jaguars for the former Pro Bowl pass rusher, only to deal him to the Ravens less than two months later.


Laremy Tunsil to the Texans: Miami hit the reset button by dealing its first-round left tackle to Houston along with receiver Kenny Stills, getting two firsts, a second and a pair of veteran reserves in return.

Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks: Desperate for pass-rushing help, Seattle sent a third-rounder, plus veteran defensive ends Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo, to the Texans in exchange for the former No. 1 overall pick.


Khalil Mack to the Bears: Unwilling to give him a lucrative new deal, the Raiders dealt the star pass rusher to Chicago along with two picks, getting a big windfall — two firsts, a third and a sixth — in return. Mack spent four years with the Bears before being traded to the Chargers this offseason.

Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints: Forgotten in Teddy’s journeyman career is his brief summer stint with the Jets, who signed him after his tenure with the Vikings and dealt him to New Orleans along with a sixth pick in exchange for a third-rounder. A year later, Bridgewater would start five games for the injured Drew Brees, then win with the Panthers in 2020.


Sammy Watkins to Rams: Before re-emerging as a standout for the Chiefs, Watkins went from the Bills to Los Angeles in exchange for second-rounder and cornerback EJ Gaines. His time as a deep threat for the Rams lasted all 15 games.

Ronald Darby to the Eagles: Philly dealt receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-rounder to Buffalo for the veteran corner, who went on to spend three seasons in green, most notably as a starter for the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl run.


Sam Bradford to the Vikings: Desperate for quarterback help after Teddy Bridgewater’s nagging knee injury, Minnesota dealt the Eagles first and fourth for Bradford, who turned into a lone year as Philly’s starter and was slated to start the year as Carson Wentz’s backup.


Logan Mankins to Buccaneers: The longtime Patriots lineman went to Tampa Bay in exchange for a fourth, recording one Pro Bowl season with his new team before retiring. Six years later, his Pats teammate, Tom Brady, would make his way to the NFC South contender.


Vontae Davis to Colts: The former Dolphins cornerback moved to the Colts in exchange for a second- and fourth-rounder. He went on to spend five years in Indianapolis, earning two Pro Bowl nods during that time.

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