5 most abominable trades in Arizona Cardinals history

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Acquiring a draft pick to select John Skelton (2010)

In 2010, the Cardinals traded Bryant McFadden and a sixth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers that they would ultimately use to draft Antonio Brown. The Cardinals landed John Skelton, a towering quarterback out of Fordham.

For a fifth-round pick from an FCS school, Skelton held his own. Especially in 2011, when the Cardinals gave him the starting nod over Kevin Kolb, and he subsequently finished the season 5-2. However, Skelton would fall off a cliff in 2012, proving critics correct regarding his draft status.

While McFadden’s best days were behind him, the Antonio Brown selection will always sting. Brown went on to dominate the NFL before personal and legal issues disrupted his career. However, there’s no denying what things could have looked like had Brown been paired with Larry Fitzgerald. It’s safe to say the Cardinals would have at least found a tremendous replacement for Anquan Boldin, who also departed via trade in March 2010.