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Bills trade Watkins and Darby, acquire Jordan Matthews, EJ Gaines

Bills trade Watkins and Darby, acquire Jordan Matthews, EJ Gaines”

First the team announced that they have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick.

The Bills also traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick. The shakeup continues an offseason overhaul under new coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane. He is entering the final year of his deal.

Matthews is also heading into the final year of his rookie contract and is a little more expensive, with a salary of $1.1 million.

Gaines was a valuable defensive back in the Rams' rotation. Expect someone like Kayvon Webster or Troy Hill to fill the void to start the season.

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Matthews was in exclusive company as a three-year veteran of the Eagles, posting 225 catches and 2,673 yards in his first trio of seasons with the team, but after Phialdelphia's offseason additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, not to mention a summer emergence by former first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor, Matthews was apparently deemed expendable.

Watkins, listed at 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, should be a primary target for quarterback Jared Goff, and Watkins will be reunited with receiver Robert Woods, his former teammate in Buffalo.

It's an interesting set of trades by Buffalo. Last season, Watkins played in just eight games and totaled 430 yards and two scores on 28 catches.

L.A. deserves some credit for making a move and trying to get better at the position, but they took a chance on an injury-prone receiver and gave up a high draft pick and a starter to do so.



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