5 worst NFC North trades of all time

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Worst NFC North trade No. 5

Bobby Layne, QB - Detroit Lions

In terms of compensation, the Detroit Lions actually did pretty well when trading away quarterback Bobby Layne. Instead, it is something completely different that lands this trade among the worst in the history of the division.

When injury forced Layne out of the lineup in 1957, Tobin Rote stepped in and played well enough for the Lions to move on from Layne. They acquired quarterback Earl Morall, a second-round pick, and a fourth-round pick from the Steelers in exchange for him.

Legend has it that Layne placed a curse on the Lions on his way out of town by saying that the Lions wouldn't win anything without him for 50 years. And the effects of that 'curse' seem like they may finally be wearing off for Detroit.

It's crazy to think that the Lions have never been NFC North Champions, with their last division title coming back in the NFC Central days in 1993. A lot of people talk about the Madden curse, but the Curse of Bobby Layne will strike fear in the hearts of Lions fans everywhere.