The Greatest Trade In Bills History Happened on Halloween
Well, we all know how the 2021 season ended. After a coin flip that didn't go the Bills' way, the Chiefs went on to end the Bills Super Bowl dreams with a 42-36 win at Arrowhead stadium.
If you rewind the clock back to 2010, the Bills had another nail-biter against the Chiefs on All Hallow’s Eve when they dropped a heartbreaker to The Kansas City Chiefs 13-10 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium.
But, enough about the Bills vs. Chiefs rivalry. We're going to be talking about that for years to come. There is another Bills piece of history that occurred on Halloween over 35 years ago, that shaped the franchise for the next decade and helped to jump-start the Bills’ dominance over the rest of the AFC for years to come.
NFL trades usually aren’t as sexy as those in the NBA. It’s rare that a superstar gets traded mid-season, but in 1987 a future Hall of Famer was dealt on Halloween. The centerpiece of the trade was Eric Dickerson, who was fresh off his NFL record 2,105 rushing yards for the then LA Rams, who due to a contract dispute was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts. But there was a third team involved, our beloved Buffalo Bills.
The Bills at the time gave up a king’s ransom, their 1st round picks in 1988 and 1989, and running back Greg Bell, to acquire the rights to the Colts 1st Round pick that year, Alabama Linebacker Cornelius Bennett.
Bennett, who was paired up with 1985 1st rounder Bruce Smith, laid the foundation for the Bills defense for the next eight seasons. Bennett had a stellar career in Buffalo, playing in over 100 games, and would eventually be named to the NFL all 90’s team, and the Buffalo Bills 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.
Could this be the greatest trade in the history of the Buffalo Bills?