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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 31: Bennett arrives in Buffalo

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 already had added some top players in the previous couple of years, pulled one of their biggest trades in its 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 heralded college linebacker, had been unable to reach a contract agreement with the Colts since Indy picked him in the draft. Buffalo already had rookie linebacker Shane Conlon in its lineup.

Bennett needed less than 30 minutes of playing time to make an impact, and he went on to become one of the key figures in the Bills' Super Bowl runs in the 1990s.

People forget that Bell had the two best years of his career with the Rams, running for more than 1,100 yards each year and scoring a total of 31 touchdowns. But he played little with Oakland in 1990 and then was out of football.

Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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