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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A major swap

   April 19, 1973 -- They don't make trades like this one any more.

   When two National Football League teams get together for a deal, a player is usually sent somewhere for a draft choice or two. It's gotten to the point where one-for-one swaps aren't exactly common.

   Therefore, it looks funny in hindsight to see that the Bills once completed a six-player swap ... with a division rival, no less.

   Buffalo acquired linebacker Jim Cheyunski, offensive lineman Halvor Hagen and center Mike Montler from the New England Patriots. In return, Buffalo gave up linebackers Edgar Chandler and Jeff Lyman and fullback Wayne Patrick.

   Cheyunski was on the light side at 225 pounds, but wasn't a bad middle linebacker. He stayed in Buffalo for two seasons, and Buffalo had winning records in both of them. Montler was the Bills' center for four seasons, and was a part of the "Electric Company" that served as O.J. Simpson's offensive line during his best days. Hagen played guard and thus had a good look at the play of Reggie McKenzie and Joe DeLamielleure during those days.

   The Patriots didn't fare as well in the deal. Chandler started for most of the 1973 season but was out of the NFL by the following year. Lyman never played another game in the NFL.

   Patrick was drafted by the Bengals but never played for them. He moved to Buffalo and became a fullback for the Bills. Patrick played parts of five seasons here, but lost his starting job to Jim Braxton.

   After retirement from football, Patrick had a long career with what was then known as Harrison Radiator in Lockport. He died last month after a long battle with kidney disease.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.