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The Trade

Discussion in 'History Zone' started by Deb, May 21, 2006.

  1. Deb

    Deb Zoner

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    I know we've all ready this a million times....but just came across it again this morning...and one of those COWBOYS MOMENTS that gives me goosebumps everytime I remember or read it again.....so....maybe it does the same for you guys...for a Sunday morning...

    THE TRADE



    It is simply referred to as "The Trade." It was the largest player trade in NFL history, and it led to a Super Bowl caliber Vikings squad being decimated, a 3-time Super Bowl champion Cowboys team being built, and Vikings GM Mike Lynn being perhaps the most hated man in the world by Vikings fans.


    The Trade took place on October 12, 1989. Believing the Vikings to be only a big-time RB away from winning it all, Lynn acquired Herschel Walker from the Cowboys and new owner Jerry Jones and new coach Jimmy Johnson for 5 roster players (LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard, DE Alex Stewart), and 6 assorted draft picks (conditional 1st & 2nd round in '90 and '91; 1st round and conditional 3rd in '92).

    Nelson, upset at being traded, refused to report to the Cowboys and was traded to the San Diego Chargers, ultimately returning to the Vikings. The result of the trade to San Diego was the Vikings sending a 6th round pick in 1990 and the original conditional 2nd round pick in 1991, and the Chargers sending their 5th round pick in 1990 to Minnesota via Dallas.

    The Cowboys then waived DE Alex Stewart and threatened to waive other players in order to get all of the conditional draft picks. In February 1990, the Cowboys traded their 3rd and 10th round picks and their 1991 3rd rounder to the Vikings so that they could keep the 3 remaining roster players and all of the conditional draft picks. So the initial trade looked as follows:

    Vikings got:
    RB Herschel Walker
    Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1990
    San Diego's 5th round pick - 1990
    Dallas's 10th round pick - 1990
    Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1991

    Cowboys got:
    LB Jesse Solomon
    LB David Howard
    CB Isaac Holt
    Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1990
    Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1990
    Minnesota's 6th round pick in 1990
    Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1991 (conditional)
    Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 (conditional)
    Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1992 (conditional)
    Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1992 (conditional)
    Minnesota's 3rd round pick in 1992 (conditional)


    On April 19, 1990 Dallas traded Minnesota's 2nd pick and Kansas City's 3rd pick in 1990 to San Francisco for RB Terrence Flagler, DE Daniel Stubbs, SF 3rd round pick in 1990 and SF 11th round pick in 1990.

    On April 22, 1990 (draft day), Dallas traded Minnesota's 1st pick in 1990 and a 3rd round pick in 1990 to Pittsburgh for Pitt's 1st round pick and selected RB Emmitt Smith.

    On September 3, 1990 Dallas traded Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 and its own 5th round pick in 1991 to the Houston Oilers for FB Alonzo Highsmith.

    On April 19, 1991 (draft) Dallas traded Minnesota's 1st pick, Dallas' 2nd, DB Ron Francis, LB David Howard and LB Eugene Lockhart to New England for New England's 1st pick (#1 overall) and selected DT Russell Maryland.

    On Sept. 16, 1991 Dallas traded LB Jesse Solomon to New England (who sent him to Tampa Bay) for New England's 6th round pick in 1992.

    On April 26, 1992 (draft) Dallas traded Minnesota's 1st and 3rd round picks to New England for NE 1st, 2nd and 4th round picks. Dallas traded the #19 and #104 picks to Atlanta for Atlanta's 1st and 5th round picks. Dallas traded Minnesota's 2nd round pick to Kansas City for 2nd and 3rd round picks. Dallas traded the #47, #74 picks to Washington for a 2nd and a 3rd round pick. Dallas traded the #56 pick to Detroit for 3rd, 4th and 9th round picks.

    In the 1992 draft Dallas selected CB Kevin Smith (#17 - Texas A&M), S Darren Woodson (#37 - Arizona State), CB Clayton Holmes (#58 - Carson Newman), OL James Brown (#82 - Virginia State), G Tom Myslinski (#109 - Tennessee), S Greg Briggs (#120 - Texas Southern), TE Fallon Wacasey (#149 - Tulsa), S Chris Hall (#250 - East Carolina).

    The 1992 draft completed the trade. Herschel Walker was released by the Vikings in May 1992 and was picked up by Philadelphia and eventually ended up back with the Cowboys in 1996. The Cowboys waived Holt in 1993 (Kevin Smith took over); Highsmith, Fragler, Stubbs were disappointments and were waived after a year; the lower picks in 1992 did not make the team.

    The end results of the trade after 1992:

    Vikings got:
    WR Jake Reed

    Cowboys got:
    RB Emmitt Smith
    DT Russell Maryland
    CB Kevin Smith
    S Darren Woodson
    CB Clayton Holmes


    Perhaps the Vikings could've salvaged something out of having decimated their team for one player, but Walker was never used properly by the coaching brain trust (a total oxymoron in this case). Walker left the Vikings for Philadelphia soon after, and ultimately wound up back in Dallas, an ironic completion of Herschel's journey.
  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    As good as that trade (and the trade of Steve Walsh to NO) were... we wasted a lot of draft picks and traded for some lousy players.

    We could have done better.
  3. WilmingtonHeel

    WilmingtonHeel Member

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    Actaully we did, Yes it really help us get over the hump. But "if" we have done better despite FA we would have had a longer run. But I won't argue the results. That's why the draft is such a mystery there's alot variables as why draft picks don't work out
  4. rojan

    rojan Active Member

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    anyone have have Walkers carrer stats year by year??
  5. THUMPER

    THUMPER Papa

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  6. THUMPER

    THUMPER Papa

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    I thought the same thing. We wasted a lot of those opportunities that the Walker trade gave us.
  7. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    How good was Russell Maryland - really? I was too young at the time to know much about interior line play, but I remember he made the pro-bowl. Can't find any stats on him, but how good are stats for judging DTs? Not too good.

    What was the hype on him coming out of college?
  8. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    When you look at the number of picks we got it actually does not look like we did all that well. Of course we got Emmitt and Woody, which were big big BIG acquisitions-but smith and maryland were just good players. SMith could have been better but thats the way it goes; and Maryland was overhyped and picked way above what his production warranted. Had JJ done a better job drafting we could literally have OWNED the league for the next 5-7 years.
    Much better then we did.
  9. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Jimmeh and Gereh weren't the crackerjack talent spotters that everyone thinks they were... the amount of draft picks we blew and crummy guys we traded for is pretty high.
  10. JackMagist

    JackMagist The Great Communicator

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    Maryland was a solid player but never lived up to the #1 overall status. He was a Jimmy Johnson favorite from Miami and was selected MUCH higher than his talent dictated. However, in defense of the pick; that was an extremely Weak draft and there was not much to choose from.
  11. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    If i remember correctly, Raghib Ismail was was Jimmy & Jerra's target in that draft. He chose CFL before the NFL draft, leaving the Maryland selection as the alternative.
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Russell was "good". That's about it. Sorta the "Greg Ellis" before there was a Greg Ellis. Maryland was lucky he had excellent talent around him. Maryland IMO was below Haley, Tolbert, Hennings, Casillas and Lett in terms of talent.
  13. superpunk

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    Here's a question for everyone - let's say that we hadn't made that trade - kept Walker, and just used our own draft picks, which seemed more successful than those we got from the trade - do we still win 3 super bowls? Would Walker have been as successful as Emmitt? More successful?
  14. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Right on target.
  15. superpunk

    superpunk Benched

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    Yikes. Rocket #1 overall? That's frightening. Although he might have performed better than Harper....I guess he was the more talented receiver.
  16. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I agree with every word. When we traded up to #1 overall in that Draft it was designed to get Rocket Ismail. When he opted to go to the CFL it seemed like Jimmy and Jerry panicked a bit and Jimmy went with familiar.
  17. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Probably not... I love Herschel but amount of draft picks we came away from put us over the edge.
  18. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Eric Swann was far more talented IMHO.
  19. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    You're right... particularly if you take into consideration that Michael Irvin was already there when Jimmy Johnson arrived, and Jimmy had the first pick overall when he arrived. Anyone would've picked Troy Aikman with that choice.

    Then, Jimmy tried like heck to get James Francis or Ray Agnew in the 1990 draft and only settled for Emmitt Smith after trades for those two fell through.

    Had Tom Landry blown his last draft pick and not taken Irvin, and had he won the last game of 1988, and had Cincy traded with us... all of which very likely could've happened... Dallas wouldn't have had the triplets. Instead of Irvin, Aikman and Smith we would've had a nobody instead of Irvin, Tony Mandarich with the second pick in the 1989 draft and James Frances.

    What would Jimmy Johnson have done with only Mandarich and Francis instead of Aikman, Irvin and Smith? We'll never know, but we were thisfar from finding out.

    Jimmy got lucky in large part. Good for him too becuase he wasn't a good enough coach to win closley fought, stratigec games on gameday.
  20. JackMagist

    JackMagist The Great Communicator

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    Of course it is purely speculation but I'd have to say NO. Walker was an exceptional football player but not an exceptional running back. He ran too straight up and he had not power running inside. His game was catching screens and running draws...plays that got him out in the open with the ball in his hands. He was one of the fastest men in the NFL and he would make yardage once he got clear but he was no Emmitt when it came to running inside. He would not have fit into Norv Turner’s offense the way Emmitt did.

    Plus we did get Woody and Kevin Smith (who was excellent up until his knee injury) and some other solid guys that meant a lot to the team. We probably would have been a winning team but we would not have dominated the way we did for those 4 or 5 years.

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