Other top trades in Tampa Bay sports history

Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Doug Williams  vs. the Los Angeles Rams in the 1979 playoffs. (Times file)
Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Doug Williams vs. the Los Angeles Rams in the 1979 playoffs. (Times file)
Published December 20 2017
Updated December 20 2017

1978: The Bucs trade the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft to the Houston Oilers, who select Earl Campbell. In return, the Bucs receive Houston’s first-round pick, which they use to select Doug Williams, who led the Bucs to the 1979 NFC title game, and another pick from Houston to choose eventual Pro Bowl tight end Jimmie Giles. Two Ring of Honor inductees for … a Hall of Famer.

2000: The Bucs give up two first-round draft picks to acquire New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson signs an eight-year, $56 million contract extension to make him the highest paid receiver in the NFL.

(RELATED: Tampa Bay Rays trade franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria to Giants)

2008: Before they even own the team, new Lightning co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, against the wishes of GM Jay Feaster, trade Brad Richards, the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, to Dallas in a deal that also ships Johan Holmqvist to the Stars in exchange for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern and Jussi Jokinen. In July, defenseman Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich are traded to San Jose.

2014: The Lightning agree to captain Marty St. Louis’ request and trade the 2003-04 Hart Trophy winner to the New York Rangers in exchange for Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. St. Louis and New York reached the Stanley Cup Final that June. Callahan and the Lightning defeat St. Louis and the Rangers in the 2015 Eastern Conference Final.

2014: The Rays begin to clear salary and trade 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price in a three-team deal that sends Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin and top shortstop prospect Willy Adames to the Rays and Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners. Price has since pitched for Detroit, Toronto and Boston. The Rays expect Adames in the majors sometimes this season.

(RELATED: So long, Evan Longoria. We’ll always have Game 162)

2008: The Rays trade former No. 1 overall draft pick Delmon Young as part of a six-team deal that brought pitcher Matt Garza and shortstop Jason Bartlett over from Minnesota. Garza is voted MVP of the 2008 ALCS and Bartlett is voted team MVP as the Rays reach the World Series.

2002: The Bucs trade with the Raiders for head coach Jon Gruden, in exchange for Tampa Bay’s first-round draft picks in 2002 and 2003, 2002 and 2004 second-round draft picks and $8 million in cash. In January 2003, Gruden and the Bucs win Super Bowl XXXVII.

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