2. Trading a future pick for Mikhael Ricks
The Chargers were really bad in the early 2000s and there were several reasons why. The team was simply poorly run and put together and the draft choices that the team made set them back for several years before they got back on track with the best stretch in team history in the mid-2000s.
The 1998 NFL Draft is infamous for another reason (more on that later) but an overlooked bad trade that the Chargers pulled off in that trade was trading for the 59th overall pick and snagging Mikhael Ricks.
The NFL viewed draft picks differently back in 1998 and the Chargers traded a future first-round pick for a late second-round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. You read that correctly. The Bucs received the Chargers' first-round pick in 2000 just for giving away the 59th overall pick.
It would have been worth it if the Chargers used that pick on someone special but they didn't. Tight end Mikhael Ricks was the selection by the Bolts and his career with the Chargers was underwhelming, to say the least.
Ricks spent two full seasons with the Bolts and only played three games with the team in 2000. Ricks finished his Chargers career with 73 catches for 914 yards and two touchdowns. Great production from a second-round pick who cost a first-round pick.
To make matters worse, the pick turned out to be the 13th overall pick and the New York Jets (who acquired the pick from Tampa Bay) drafted All-Pro edge rusher, John Abraham.