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Eagles and Vikings Swing Six-Player Deal

May 29, 1964 - The Philadelphia Eagles acquired four players today in a six-player deal that sent halfback Ted Dean (pictured last season), one of the heroes of Philadelphia’s 1960 championship team, to the Minnesota Vikings.

Don Hultz, 6-3 regular defensive end; Chuck Lamson and Terry Kosens, defensive backs; and Ray Poage, a promising 6-3 tight end, were landed by Philadelphia coach Joe Kuharich in the fifth trade he’s pulled off in his vast rebuilding program.

In addition to Dean, who was a disappointment last year, the Eagles gave up their rights to Bob Berry, Oregon quarterback who was one of their future choices in last year’s college draft.

Dean failed to regain the sparkling form of his rookie season after being sidelined with a foot injury in 1962.

The Viking players have experience and their best years ahead of them. Lamson, a former University of Wyoming star who was a starter most of last season and who was the Vikings’ first draft choice in 1961, is the oldest of the quartet at 25.

Kuharich called Hultz, 235-pound former Southern Mississippi athlete who was signed as a free agent prior to last season, the key man of the trade.

Strong and nimble, the 23-year-old Hultz was the strongest pass rusher the Vikings had in their three-year history. He set an NFL record by recovering nine opposition fumbles — making his last recovery against the Eagles at Franklin Field.

“I’m very pleased with the deal,” said Kuharich today. “We’ve been able to fortify our defensive unit while adding a strong receiver in Poage, who can play flanker back or wide end.

“We could afford to let Dean go because we now have a fine power runner in Earl Gros. Lamson and Kosens should help strengthen the cornerback position.”

Gros, one of the most promising young fullbacks in the league, was obtained from Green Bay in Kuharich’s previous swap that also brought veteran center Jim Ringo to the Eagles.

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