5 most abominable trades in Arizona Cardinals history

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Trading for Alan Branch (2007)

In 2007, the Cardinals traded up five spots to land defensive tackle Alan Branch in a trade with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders would use the 38th overall selection to draft tight-end Zach Miller while the Cardinals wasted a pick on Branch at 33rd overall.

While Miller never wowed critics, he was an adequate player for the Raiders and later for the division rival Seahawks. Branch enjoyed a longer career than Miller, but the Cardinals gave up on him after just four seasons in which he recorded a grand total of four sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Branch would never record over three sacks in a single season. And his best year came in 2016 with the New England Patriots when he logged 49 combined tackles and eight tackles-for-loss. After his playing career ended in Arizona, Branch became a full-time starter with the Seahawks before landing in New England.