The Indianapolis Colts conducted a fire sale for running back Eric Dickerson yesterday.
Five years after they gave up three first-round picks, three second-round choices and two running backs for Dickerson, the Colts traded him on draft day to the Los Angeles Raiders for fourth- and eighth-round picks.
When the Colts made the Dickerson trade on Halloween night in 1987, they thought they got a treat. Instead, Dickerson turned out to be a trick for them. He was a short-term fix, but hurt them in the long run, as the Colts collapsed to 1-15 last season. After rushing for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, Dickerson extended the streak in 1987 and his first two full seasons with the Colts. The past two seasons, he rushed for 677 and 536 yards.