Oct. 31, 1987 -- Bills fans remember this day as the one in which the team seemed to indicate that it was getting very serious about its rebuilding plan.
The Bills, who had already added some top players in the previous couple of years, pulled one of their biggest trades in their history. They acquired linebacker Cornelius Bennett from the Colts in a three-cornered deal that sent Eric Dickerson from the Rams to the Colts, and Greg Bell from the Bills to the Rams. Buffalo also gave up a first-round pick and two second-rounders.
Bennett, a herald college linebacker, had been unable to reach a contract agreement with the Colts. Buffalo already had rookie linebacker Shane Conlon in its lineup. Bennett needed less than a half to make an impact, and he went on to become one of the key figures in the Bills' Super Bowl run in the 1990's.
--- Budd Bailey