5 NFL coaches who were traded for draft picks ft. Bill Belichick and Jon Gruden 

Bill Belichick of New England Patriots v New York Jets
Bill Belichick of New England Patriots v New York Jets
Jon Gruden at the NFL - 2006 Annual Meeting - March 29 - Orlando
Jon Gruden at the NFL - 2006 Annual Meeting - March 29 - Orlando

The top 3 NFL coaches who were traded

#3 - Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002

Jon Gruden's stock as an NFL coach is virtually non-existent these days after his shockingly racist, sexist and homophobic emails came to light. But there was a time when he was a highly sought-after NFL coach.

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He led the Oakland Raiders to consecutive playoff appearances during his time there and had an overall 40-28 record in Oakland. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking for an NFL coach. Meanwhile, owner Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders did not believe that Jon Gruden deserved a better payoff.

Al Davis decided to trade Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In return, he received a haul of first-round picks in 2002 and 2003 and a second-round pick in 2004. What looked like a pretty good deal for the Raiders soured by the end of the season, though. They had a pretty good year and made it to the Super Bowl. But they ended up being defeated by their former coach and the Buccaneers.

#2 - Bill Parcells, New England Patriots to New York Jets, 1997

Bill Parcells was the man to revive the New England Patriots after a prolonged period of underachieving. The New York Jets wanted him to become their coach. Bill Parcells himself was open to a move as he wanted more control over personnel decisions beyond just being an NFL coach.

But the New England Patriots were unwilling to part with the NFL coach who had finally brought back respectability to the organization and led them to the Super Bowl in 1996. The Jets found a workaround by naming Parcells' assistant, a certain Bill Belichick, as their coach and then naming Bill Parcells as his consultant. This led to the New England Patriots fuming and demanding compensation.

It was arranged in the form of third and fourth-round picks in 1997, a second-round pick in 1998 and a first-round in 1999. Additionally, the New York Jets donated $300,000 to charities of New England Patriots' choice.

#1 - Bill Belichick, New York Jets to New England Patriots, 2000

But the New England Patriots got their own back three years later in 2000. It was time for the New York Jets to feel hard done by. When Bill Parcells stepped down as Jets coach after the 1999 season, he put together a succession plan that would have Bill Belichick installed as their NFL coach. While not enamored with their coach laying out his succession, the Jets still went along with it, only to be completely blindsided by Bill Belichick himself.

Bill Belichick resigned when he was supposed to be introduced as Jets coach. A couple of weeks later, he became the head NFL coach with the New England Patriots. This time, the Jets sought compensation and received it in the form of a first-round pick in 2000 and a fourth- and seventh-round pick in 2001, while giving back a fifth-round pick in 2001 and a seventh-round pick in 2002. Six Super Bowls later, though, even the New York Jets would agree that the compensation was paltry.

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Edited by Jay Lokegaonkar