NFL Players Who Changed Teams

Guess these football players who changed teams - either in a trade or free agency.
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Last updated: July 30, 2020
First submittedJuly 28, 2012
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Year
Team Change
Player
2020
Patriots → Buccaneers
Tom Brady
2020
Patriots → Buccaneers
Rob Gronkowski
2020
Texans → Cardinals
DeAndre Hopkins
2019
Giants → Browns
Odell Beckham Jr.
2018
Raiders → Bears
Khalil Mack
2018
Redskins → Vikings
Kirk Cousins
2015
Saints → Seahawks
Jimmy Graham
2012
Colts → Broncos
Peyton Manning
2009
Broncos → Bears
Jay Cutler
2009
Falcons → Eagles
Michael Vick
2008
Packers → Jets
Brett Favre
2007
Raiders → Patriots
Randy Moss
2006
Patriots → Colts
Adam Vinatieri
2006
Chargers → Saints
Drew Brees
2006
Eagles → Cowboys
Terrell Owens
2003
Cowboys → Cardinals
Emmitt Smith
2001
49ers → Raiders
Jerry Rice
1999
Colts → Rams
Marshall Faulk
1993
49ers → Chiefs
Joe Montana
1993
Eagles → Packers
Reggie White
1989
Cowboys → Vikings
Herschel Walker
1987
Rams → Colts
Eric Dickerson
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Level 82
Sep 9, 2014
Herschel Walker!
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Level ∞
Sep 3, 2015
Added that one!
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Level 81
Jul 4, 2018
Ugh. Thanks for reminding me about that awful trade.
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Level 82
Jul 31, 2020
Ha, 6 years later and I see a comment led to a quiz update. Got a good chuckle out of it (the only one I'm likely to get over that ridiculous "trade"/robbery).
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Level 59
Nov 4, 2015
Brett Fav-rah...
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2015
Needed a spelling "break" on Vinatieri.
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Level 35
Nov 4, 2015
Is it so rare for an American footballer to change teams? Because in football (soccer) it happens all the time.
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Level 77
Nov 4, 2015
Not at all, these are just notable changes, usually from a player that has been with one team for a long time and has become associated with that team name.
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Level 44
Nov 6, 2015
@Panos: Of the 4 major North American pro-sports (American football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey) there is probably less trading of players in the NFL than in the other four. While some players do change teams via trade, that is usually during the NFL draft when players are traded for draft picks, while trades of an active player for another are rare. Players definitely change teams a good amount in the NFL, but it is mostly due to free agency and rarely due to trades. Compare the trades made in NFL during its just passed trading dradline to those who were moved before Major League Baseball's deadline. The only NFL trade of note was Vernon Davis from San Francisco to Denver. In baseball MAJOR pieces moved: the World Champion Kansas City Royals traded for former Cincinnati Red Johnny Cueto, who was brilliant in the World Series; the NL Champion Mets added Yoenis Cespedes, who played like an MVP in his 2 months in NY. Players move around in the NFL, but rarely from trades.
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Level 18
Jul 23, 2020
Also, I would love it of this quiz got an update and there would be Tom Brady, DeAndre Hopkins, etc, etc
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Level 26
Jul 23, 2020
Yes, yes, needs an update. Hope it comes
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Level ∞
Jul 30, 2020
Done!
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Level 78
Jul 31, 2020
Niice! Plenty for a sequel, too, even if limited only to Hall-of-Famers.

1926 Giants -> Bulldogs (HB) Jim Thorpe
1958 Lions -> Steelers (QB) Bobby Layne
1961 49ers -> Giants (QB) Y.A. Tittle
1964 Eagles -> Redskins (QB) Sonny Jurgensen
1964 Giants -> Redskins (LB) Sam Huff
1967 Oilers -> Raiders (QB/K) George Blanda
1970 Browns -> Dolphins (WR) Paul Warfield
1971 Chargers -> Cowboys (WR) Lance Alworth
1972 Giants -> Vikings (QB) Fran Tarkenton
1973 Colts -> Chargers (QB) Johnny Unitas
1976 Jets -> Redskins (RB) John Riggins
1977 Jets -> Rams (QB) Joe Namath
1978 Bills -> 49ers (RB) O.J. Simpson
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Level 78
Jul 31, 2020

1980 Chiefs -> Packers (K) Jan Stenerud
1980 Raiders -> Oilers (QB) Ken Stabler
1984 Oilers -> Saints (RB) Earl Campbell
1984 Steelers -> Seahawks (RB) Franco Harris
1987 Buccaneers -> 49ers (QB) Steve Young
1991 49ers -> Raiders (S) Ronnie Lott
1992 49ers -> Cowboys (DE) Charles Haley
1993 Raiders -> Chiefs (RB) Marcus Allen
2000 Broncos -> Ravens (TE) Shannon Sharpe
2003 Chargers -> Dolphins (LB) Junior Seau
2004 Redskins -> Broncos (CB) Champ Bailey
2009 Chiefs -> Falcons (TE) Tony Gonzalez
2010 Chargers -> Jets (RB) Ladanian Tomlinson
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Level 78
Jul 31, 2020
HOF Coaches only:

1963 Colts -> Jets Weeb Ewbank
1969 Packers -> Redskins Vince Lombardi
1970 Colts -> Dolphins Don Shula
1971 Rams -> Redskins George Allen
1997 Patriots -> Jets Bill Parcels
2002 Buccaneers -> Colts Tony Dungy
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Level 26
Sep 10, 2020
Philip Rivers and Eli Manning!
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Level 65
Sep 16, 2020
Are you referring to the draft-day trade? I don't think that really fits with the quiz. All the players in this quiz established themselves over many years with the first franchise before moving to the second. Rivers would work from the Chargers to the Colts, but Eli played his whole career with the Giants.
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Level 69
Sep 16, 2020
Great list.
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Level 82
Sep 16, 2020
I would have bet my house that Favre went to the Vikings first. He was so unremarkable in New Jersey, I figured it was because he was older. That first Vikings team was probably the best team in the NFL that season. Saints voodoo wasn't very kind to them in the NFC championship.
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Level 65
Sep 16, 2020
The Jets actually started 8-3 the year they had Favre, then they tumbled to 9-7. It came out after the season that Favre played the last month with a torn biceps muscle in his throwing arm, but he insisted on playing anyway because he is an egomaniac. He threw interceptions all over the place in that last month, and played the Jets out of a shot at the postseason. He also sent lewd and unsolicited photos and voicemails to Jenn Sterger that year, which everyone brushes aside because for some reason the football world wants to fetishize "the big kid" Brett Favre. The guy is a sleaze and a jerk.