March 24, 1989

New England football legend Doug Flutie and New England’s NFL franchise were reported to be closing on a deal to keep him around for another season.

Flutie enjoyed a 21-year career as a professional quarterback. While most of his success came in the Canadian Football League, where he led teams to three championships, he also played 12 years in the NFL, including two tours of duty with the Patriots.

His second run with the Pats might be best remembered with his drop-kick for an extra point on Jan. 1, 2006, the first such PAT since 1941. Bill Belichick referred to it as a retirement gift for Flutie, who officially called it quits five months later.

But when he began his first run with the Patriots it was not to serve as a novelty act. 

He came via a trade with the Bears after the 1987 season. When the Pats started the 1988 season 1-3 with Steve Grogan at QB, coach Ramond Berry handed the reins to Flutie and the team went on a 6-1 run.

Negotiations for a 1989 contract started slow, but the two sides were said to be on the verge of a one-year deal with a base salary of $360,000.