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Evaluating veteran QB trades over the past decade

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By Eli Kaberon

In the 10 years between the Patriots trading Drew Bledsoe to the Bills for a first-round pick and Carson Palmer going from the Bengals to the Raiders for almost identical compensation, there have been more than 30 trades involving veteran quarterbacks. Some were blockbusters involving Pro Bowlers and a handful of early-round draft choices.

Others were small, under-the-radar moves. Three featured journeyman Sage Rosenfels.

Although not every trade was a noteworthy one, several of them made major impacts on both teams that took part in the deal. Here, in chronological order going from earliest to most recent, are some of the significant trades involving veteran quarterbacks over the past decade. We also take a look at the final terms of the deal and offer a verdict on who came out ahead, in hindsight.

April 2002
Terms: The Patriots received a 2003 first-round pick (used in trade for DT Ty Warren) for Bledsoe.
Fallout: Following the Patriots' title in Super Bowl XXXVI and the emergence of Tom Brady, the team felt comfortable trading the former face of the franchise to an AFC East rival. Bledsoe spent three seasons in Buffalo but was never able to reach the playoffs. Meanwhile, Brady and Co. won two more Super Bowls in that span.
PFW's winner: Patriots
Steve McNaiR to ravens

June 2006    
Terms: The Titans received a 2007 fourth-round pick (used on WR Chris Davis) for McNair.
Fallout: Still reeling from the failed Kyle Boller experiment, Ravens head coach Brian Billick needed a veteran QB to lead his team to the playoffs. He got that from McNair, who led Baltimore to a 13-3 record and first place in the AFC North in '06. Davis never panned out.
PFW's winner: Ravens

To find out which team got the better end of the deal in trades that involved Matt Schaub, Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre and others, order a copy of the current issue of Pro Football Weekly. In the latest edition of PFW you will also find a profile of the weapons in Green Bay's seemingly unstoppable arsenal on offense. Also in the issue is the Way We Hear It, fantasy football analysis, 2012 draft notes and much more.

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