Buffalo Bills Have Traded Sammy Watkins To The Los Angeles Rams

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

The Bills then made a deal with the Eagles which sees them get Matthews and a third-round pick next year in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Bills announced Friday that they completed a trade with the Los Angeles Rams that will send wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a 2016 sixth round pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second round pick. While 2017 might not be a fun year for the Bills, perhaps 2018 will be. The Eagles think Sidney Jones, their second-round choice this year, would have been a first-rounder had he not blown out an Achilles' tendon. You watch the tape of his last two years watching him play against the guys that we go against.

Jordan Matthews forged a strong connection to Carson Wentz, but now Matthews is gone, leaving the Eagles quarterback looking for targets.

McDermott acknowledged his most hard challenge was not merely breaking the news of Watkins' departure to Taylor. When you go into a draft, a lot of those things are unknown, so you have a lot of known quantities in him. "That's why I didn't sleep last night", said McDermott.

"But we also have to let it play", he said. "We look forward to having him in a Rams uniform", Rams general manager Les Snead said.

Just don't call it a rebuilding plan, Beane said.

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Matthews was the Eagles' number-one receiver the last two seasons, playing out of the slot. Watkins went to Buffalo at No. 4 and totaled 1,000 yards in his second season.

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Check back with Spectrum News as we will update this story throughout the day. For the 2016 National Football League season, Buffalo finished with a record of 7-9 overall but seemed to have a roster that may have been on the rise. So, while Darby was occasionally beaten for some big plays, Gaines was routinely beaten just about everywhere. He was the fourth overall selection by the Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Watkins has been dealing with a foot injury that limited the wide receiver to just eight games past year after having an operation to fix a broken foot.

Matthews was far and away the only decent wideout for the Birds last season, and his production over his first three years was absolutely solid if not spectaular. "People are spreading you out (on defense) with three- and four-wide receiver packages". Imagine where they'll rank next year if they sign their newest addition to a long-term deal. The Bills were already expected to shift more of a high-percentage passing game this season, which wouldn't have suited Watkins, who averages a lid-lifting 16.1 yards per reception in his career.

"It's a corner-deficient league". Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has a history of re-upping homegrown players early if they have been identified as part of the core.

I applaud them for the moves. Watkins and Darby were two of Buffalo's best players, and fans were absolutely startled.

Losing Gaines hurts the Rams.

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