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The Cowboys and Packers Almost Made A Trade That Would Have Changed The NFL

Two legendary quarterbacks could have played for very different teams.

We love to hear about crazy NFL trades that never happened. It gives us a behind-the-scenes look into how NFL front offices think, and what moves they try to make to put together a championship team.

One trade that would have changed the landscape of the NFL was revealed on Ed Werder's Doomsday Podcast with Matt Mosley.

Mosley mentioned he played golf with Tony Romo, prompting Werder's memory to spark a time when he also went golfing with Romo.

As the story goes, Romo said a trade between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, which would have sent Brett Favre to Dallas, was held up because the Cowboys didn't want to part with Romo.

From the podcast, per Will Brinson of CBS Sports:

He talked about during the round about how the Cowboys had had an interest in trading for Favre late in his career when he was available, [Bill] Parcells was the coach.

I said, "Oh yea, I kind of heard that."

And he said, "Well you know, the deal went dead when the Packers asked for me to be in the trade."

And now I'm like, "Oh really the Cowboys didn't trade for Favre because they didn't want to give you up?" And maybe it was true as it turns out, right? He was good enough as it turns out! He had a hell of a good career!

The timing of the trade is interesting. Green Bay and Dallas would likely have talked about this trade before the Packers selected Aaron Rodgers during the 2005 NFL Draft.

Romo in Green Bay, Favre in Dallas, and Aaron Rodgers getting drafted by a different team would have completely changed the fabric of the NFL.

Instead, Romo led a successful career in Dallas, Favre spent a few more years with the Packers before moving on to rival franchises, and Aaron Rodgers won a Super Bowl and is carving his way to a Hall of Fame career.

[Doomsday Podcast; CBS Sports]