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Cowboys Mothership Ranks The Top 10 Trades In Dallas History

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The mothership has a fun little diversion for our reading pleasure. They took a stab at the Top 10 Trades in Dallas Cowboys history. That's a long history going all the way back to 1960, and there have been a lot of trades in that time. Narrowing down to only 10 was probably a tough task, I know that when I was trying to narrow down the Top 10 Draft Successes and Busts, it was no easy thing. (Thanks to OCC, rabble and KD for the help on that list).

Even before perusing the list, I knew, and you knew, that the #1 trade in Cowboys history had to be the Herschel Walker trade. I mean seriously, what other trade could it be? It was basically responsible, or at least partly responsible, for the Cowboys 90s dynasty. Says the mothership:

By maximizing the contractual provisions of the deal, the Cowboys turned Walker and four more picks into five players and eight Vikings draft choices (which were flipped for many more). Those picks would be used to select (or position the team to select) the foundation of a dynasty, including players like [Emmitt] Smith, [Russell] Maryland, [Erik] Williams, Darren Woodson and Alvin Harper.

Ah, those were the days. But, the article also has this little kicker on the Walker deal, one that I hadn't really thought about.

But what is largely forgotten is that the swindling of the Minnesota Vikings might not have been possible if not for a forgotten 1984 deal in which the Cowboys sent wide receiver Butch Johnson to Houston in exchange for fellow wideout Mike Renfro, plus the right to swap second-round picks in the '84 draft and the Oilers' fifth-rounder in '85. A year later, the Cowboys used that thrown-in pick to select Walker following the end of his United States Football League career. The rest, as they say, is history.


Anyway, it's a fun read, a good time-killer for a Saturday during the offseason. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Through hindsight, you'll be amazed at some of the talent the Cowboys have obtained over the years in some very lopsided trades.