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Patriots, Broncos, and Bills Swing Three-Player AFL Trade

May 27, 1964 - Walt Cudzik, a veteran center, moved from the Boston Patriots to the Denver Broncos to the Buffalo Bills today in a three-cornered, three-player American Football League transaction.

Cudzik, 32 years old, was traded to Denver to complete the deal in which the Patriots acquired the rights to negotiate for Jack Concannon, the Boston College quarterback.

Denver then traded Cudzik to Buffalo in exchange for a linebacker, Marvin Matuszak, and a defensive back, Billy Atkins.

Boston had traded an unidentified player to Denver in exchange for the Broncos’ first pick at the AFL draft. The Patriots chose Concannon, but the passing star signed with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

“Walt Cudzik gave us four years of fine football,” said Boston head coach Mike Holovak of his offensive team captain. “But we think we have a great young player in Jon Morris, and we’re going with the younger player.”

The Green Bay Packers picked Morris in the second round of the NFL draft. However, Morris chose to go with the Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round. Morris was selected All-East and All-America in his senior year at Holy Cross and played in the College All-Star Game in August.

Ironically, Cudzik, an original Patriot, will end up playing for the original Boston coach, Lou Saban, at Buffalo.

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