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Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles”

On Friday, a day after their preseason opener, the Bills made a blockbuster move sending former first-round pick Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams along with a 2018 sixth-round pick in exchange for CB E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in next year's draft. In flashes, he looked explosive, but he just couldn't stay healthy.

The Bills paid a massive price under previous General Manager Doug Whaley to acquire Watkins three years ago, trading first-round picks in 2014 and "15, as well as a 2015 fourth-rounder, to move up five spots". They traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick.

Altogether, the trade nets the Bills second-round and third-round picks in 2018, but leaves the roster in a lesser state for the 2017 season. Defensively they are giving up Darby for Gaines. Watkins appeared in 37 games for the Bills posting 153 catches, nearly 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. Matthews was a second-round pick by Philly in 2014 - the same draft class as Watkins.

The trades confirm the Bills' disappointment with Watkins. He's played in 26 games, making 25 starts in three seasons with the franchise. Given his upside, however, the Rams are understandably willing to take him aboard this season, when their top receivers previously projected to be Tavon Austin, Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp.



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