Bly trade officially a total bust

June, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The winner of the blockbuster 2007 trade between the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions is ... neither team.

The final chapter of the lackluster trade came Monday when the Lions cut tackle George Foster. Foster and running back Tatum Bell were traded to Detroit by the Broncos for cornerback Dre' Bly. The trade was a highlight of the NFL offseason. Three starting quality players usually don't get dealt in the same trade.

But all three players were disappointing in their new homes. Bell -- who finished last season back with Denver -- was cut after one season with the Lions.

Bly, who had several teams interested before Denver won a bidding war, was just so-so in two seasons in Denver. The former Pro Bowl player was cut in a salary-cap move earlier this year. He was recently signed by San Francisco to a one-year deal.

Foster, a former first-round draft choice, fell out of favor in Denver. He couldn't re-energize his career in Detroit.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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