March 5, 1969

One of the poorest player personnel decisions ever made by the Boston Patriots – and there were many – was the one that sent Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti to the MIami Dolphins.

The rumors of Buoniconti’s departure popped up every so often, months before a deal went down. At this point, rumor mongers couldn’t even agree on whether Buoniconti was interested in leaving Boston.

The man himself said he would be happy to stay in Boston for the duration of his career.

Chasing down this day’s deal in the making had the Dolphins shipping quarterback Kim Hammond and receiver Karl Noonan to the Pats.

This rumored transaction actually had a foundation in facts. Ultimately, the Pats received Hammond, linebacker John Bramlett and a fifth-round draft pick.

For the Patriots, the real deal was still a complete bust. Hammond’s career consisted of six  games, 15 completions and two interceptions. Bramlett was with the Pats for two seasons, making 23 uneventful starts.

For the Dolphins, Buoniconti was part of two Super Bowl teams – including Miami’s perfect 1972 run.