Questions with Bob Sansevere: Former Vikings GM Mike Lynn, on t...

This text is replaced by the Flash movie. Monday was the 20th anniversary of the trade, the most lopsided trade in NFL history, the trade that gutted Vikings drafts for several years and helped stock the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl championship teams. Full Story
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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Oct 12, 2009
What a tool

“Here I come to save the Day!”

Since: Jan 09

Gothem city

#2 Oct 13, 2009
Never saw a guy so stupid have so much personal success... Well except your President.
Mad Dog Gus

Plymouth, MN

#3 Oct 13, 2009
Mike Lynn still doesn't realize why the Walker trade is referred to as "THE TRADE". It was the most lopsided trade in the history of sports, and Lynn was the architect. What a clown...still defends it...truly amazing...Lynn proves what some of us know..."When you're stupid, it's forever!"
Mr Shady

United States

#4 Oct 13, 2009
There's not a doubt in my mind that this deal was as crooked as crooked gets.
Franklin Adams

Fargo, ND

#5 Oct 13, 2009
Still an arrogant a s s aren't you Mike? Hey Bob, why didn't you ask him about the deal he cut so that he personally got 500K a year from the suites in the Metrodome? I did not like you then Mike and I still do not. Jerk.

Denver, CO

#6 Oct 13, 2009
When the Vikes leave to LA will Mike Lynn still get paid? Oh and read the book Boys will be Boys about the Cowboys of the 90's. The section on the trade is particularly great. Of course in this interview Bob asked all the wrong questions. Why did you not realize Dallas wanted draft picks and not players? Why not only offer the players? What team in history has ever had success giving up a ton of draft picks? How much did Jerry Jones pay you under the table? If you needed a big back why did you not draft Christian Okoye? Yep..... really hard hitting.
Take Me With

Jefferson, WI

#7 Oct 13, 2009
Hey Mike, if you get two tickets to the Super Bowl, take me with ya! lol
Voice of Reason

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 13, 2009
I've been saying this forever, someone outside the NFL needs to seriously investigate this trade and Jerry Jones needs to be severely punished for his shady deals. Mike Lynn left the Vikings to run the WLAF after this, he and Jerry Jones are best friends, so he had nothing to lose. He allows his team to be fleeced, because he's helping out a good buddy and he won't be around to suffer the repercussions!

This trade was actually 5 players and 8 picks the Vikings gave up. If you look at some of the MAJOR trades in the NFL the last couple years, you can't tell me this wasn't a dirty trade:

Randy Moss who is statistically one of the NFL greatest ever WR's, still in his prime, went for a 1st & a 7th, plus an average LB.

Jay Cutler a 25yr old Pro Bowl QB going for 2 first round picks!

Plus, other Pro Bowl players (in their prime) who went for even less: Johnathan Vilma, Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards...

You could argue all these guys were head cases, but Walker was no team leader either. Mr.Bobsledding was never knowns as a team player who had a very up and down career before the trade.

This whole thing stunk from the beginning and Jerry Jones can't be allowed to get away with it...

Hopkins, MN

#9 Oct 13, 2009
...the problem was that Herschel Walker ran from an I-formation and the Vikes ran traps and the like... simple as that... The Vikes should have adjusted for their new running back and didn't...
Huge Jazz

Chicoutimi, Canada

#10 Oct 13, 2009
I didn't realize Mike Lynn was still alive. Oh well, there's always hope.

Bob I hope you showered, disinfected and boiled yourself after talking with this sleazeball. This is as ugly a tale in sports history as the Colts and Northstars leaving in the middle of the night. Even now he can't admit this is the truly the worst trade in sports history. Frankly, I'm sure he doesn't care. He cried all the way to the bank.

Lynn's gaffe is epic. He ruined one team for years while helping elevate another. As others have written I do not doubt for one second there were backroom and under the table dealings that brought Mr Lynn a tiddy sum.

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Oct 13, 2009
Hey great trade Lynn way to ruin a franchise for 10 years. I agree with Darrin Nelson "It was all about money. They didn't want to pay all those draft picks."
How's that suite money going for you?

United States

#12 Oct 13, 2009
Tool is Right. When I get asked a direct question, I give a dir.......why yes Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi is a college football town. We have a great program, blah blah blah.

“long time Minnesotan”

Since: Jan 09

Long Prairie, MN

#13 Oct 13, 2009
Thanks for clearing this up for me. I thought the trade was 5 players 8 draft picks and the NorthStars!

Omaha, NE

#14 Oct 13, 2009
Dallas also got the North Stars as part of that trade. If the Cowboys don't win a super bowl in the next 5 years I've heard rumors that San Antonio will get the Vikings

United States

#15 Oct 13, 2009
After reading that you can see why Lynn made the worst trade in sports history. First off the guy is in total denial about the trade and the implications it had on the Vikings team for several years. The guy is a tool. Good riddance, don't ever come back.

Elko, MN

#16 Oct 13, 2009
Hey Bob, your last question should have been "What are you doing with all the money you still generate from the private suites you shrewd SOB"
Zygi II

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Oct 13, 2009
ML: This season with the Vikings kind of reminds me of the season I had. They feel their one need was the quarterback, and the answer was Brett Favre. I thought the answer was Herschel Walker. They went out and got Favre, and I went out and got Herschel Walker. Maybe they'll be right.

The difference Mike, is nobody is going to build a super bowl champion with what it took to get Brett Favre here in purple. It's no comparison. Are you really that stupid to make that comparison, or are you just that much of a pompous @$$ to admit you made the 3rd most idiotic front office move in the history of sports?#1 - Red Sox dealing Babe to the Yankees.#2 - Portland drafting Sam Bowie in front of MJ.

Since: Sep 09

United States

#18 Oct 13, 2009
Mad Dog Gus wrote:
Mike Lynn still doesn't realize why the Walker trade is referred to as "THE TRADE". It was the most lopsided trade in the history of sports, and Lynn was the architect. What a clown...still defends it...truly amazing...Lynn proves what some of us know..."When you're stupid, it's forever!"
I love it, "Stupid is forever" I gotta remember that one. Sir, you will be quoted again on that one.

One thing they also don't talk about in this story about "THE TRADE" is who Dallas picked up with our picks. If memory serves, it involves guys like Emmitt Smith, and Darren Woodson. Yeah... Mr. Lynn made a fantastic choice there... Hershall for those guys...*(Hard to keep it clean here.)

When there is an entire Wikipedia page and an entire novel devoted to your failings there Mr. Lynn. You screwed up and it's time to admit it.

Since: Sep 09

United States

#19 Oct 13, 2009
Ugh, my bloods boiling a little bit on this one. I think I'm gonna buy him the book and send it to him.

In great detail this book documents just how bad he screwed over the Vikings.
2nd ACT

Bloomington, IL

#20 Oct 13, 2009
Next column should be a tribute to Dennis Green.
It was a miracle that he overcame the effects of this trade and led the Vikes to 96 wins in 9 years despite not having a first or second round pick in '90,'91, or 92. I am not the biggest Dennis Green supporter but I do believe there may be a statue of Green outside the Metrodome if his last name was Grant.

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