By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 92: May 1, 1984The Bills trade a first-round draft choice in 1984 (Jackie Shipp) to Miami for a first-round draft choice in 1984 (Greg Bell), a third-round draft choice in 1984 (Sean McNanie), and a third-round draft choice in 1984 (Speedy Neal).

You might not remember Jackie Shipp, a linebacker from Oklahoma. The Miami Dolphins certainly do. They traded a good-sized package to the Bills to move up to get him. The Dolphins needed linebackers badly in that era, because two of their players (Larry Gordon and Rusty Chambers) had died a year apart. It’s fair to say Shipp didn’t work out. In fact, he was put on a list of the worst trades in Dolphins’ history. Shipp started for a few years, but then flamed out.

But the Bills picked up a first-round pick in the deal, and Greg Bell turned out to be a good choice. The running back from Notre Dame ran for 1,100 yards as a rookie in 1984. Bell had a decent 1985, and fought injuries the next season. But then he was a key piece in the massive trade that brought Cornelius Bennett to Buffalo. Bell had a pair of fine seasons for the Rams.

This would have been a better deal had Sean McNanie and Speedy Neal done anything for the Bills, but they didn’t. Neal is remembered in Miami for showing up for the Dolphins training camp in 1986, and then leaving after one day.

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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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