I read this interesting tidbit in a book. Apparently, the Pats made a big offer to obtain the rights to John Elway during the 1983 draft. It would have cost John Hannah and two first rounders. Elway was this close to becoming a pat but the trade was nixed at the last second and elway ended up being traded to denver. wow. imagine how life would have been different for the pats if this had happened. Eli Manning: The Making of a Quarterback - Google Books you got to read the second to last paragraph on the page to read for yourselves.