Dallas Cowboys: Top 10 Offseason Trades in the 21st Century

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Center Travis Frederick
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Center Travis Frederick /
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DENVER – OCTOBER 04: Anthony Spencer
DENVER – OCTOBER 04: Anthony Spencer /

2. Anthony Spencer Draft Trade (2007 NFL Draft)

Cowboys received

27th overall pick (Anthony Spencer)

Eagles received

36th overall pick (Kevin Kolb)

87th overall pick (Stewart Bradley)

159th overall pick (C.J. Gaddis)

It is always a risky move to trade more than two draft picks to only get one in return. Luckily for the Dallas Cowboys in 2007, they got the better end of the deal.

Wade Phillips came in as the Cowboys new head coach in 2007 with a focus on defense. Dallas’s first pick had already been traded, so they needed to make a deal to get themselves into the first round.

They found their trade partner in the Philadelphia Eagles, who demanded three picks for the first rounder.

The Cowboys agreed and took Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer with the 27th overall pick.

Spencer would go on to have a phenomenal career with the Cowboys. He was only selected to one pro bowl during his time, but his tenure with the Cowboys will always be fondly remembered.

On the flip side, the Eagles did not find much consistent success from any of the three players drafted with their picks. All three were gone from Philadelphia by 2011. Anytime we can stick it to the Eagles it is a victory for us!