By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 91: April 30, 1985The Bills trade a first-round draft choice (acquired from Cleveland) in 1985 (Ken Ruettgers) and a fourth-round draft choice in 1986 (Tim Harris) to Green Bay for a first-round draft choice in 1985 (Derrick Burroughs), and a second-round draft choice in 1985 (Chris Burkett).

The Bills had a bit of a problem on their hands when they completed the trade that allowed the Browns to draft Bernie Kosar. Cleveland gave up linebacker Chip Banks in the trade, but he refused to report to the Bills. The two teams agreed on a first-round pick as compensation for the Bills in the transaction.

Buffalo turned around and traded that choice to Green Bay in a four-player swap. Ruettgers ended up as a starting defensive lineman for the Packers for more than a decade, so Green Bay was happy about that. Linebacker Tim Harris spent five years as a Packer and made the Pro Bowl once, and later played for the 49ers and Eagles. Green Bay made out fine on this one.

In return, the Bills took Derrick Burroughs in the first round. The cornerback was a starter when he suffered a spine injury in a 1989 game against Houston. Burroughs was paralyzed for more than 24 hours and never played another game of football, although he has been a coach for portions of his life since that injury. Chris Burkett was a helpful player for a while, catching 56 passes in the strike-shortened season of 1987.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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