April 27, 1972

Patriots General Manager Upton Bell extricated himself from a self-made jam by giving Fred Dryer what he wanted – a way out of New England.

Bell traded for the mercurial defensive end by shipping a first-round draft pick to the New York Giants. He got a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams, where Dryer wanted to go all along, with defensive lineman Rick Cash.

Dryer demanded a long-term deal from the Pats that would've made him the highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL.

Billy Sullivan and family weren't exactly known for throwing serious money around for players.

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