Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for EJ Gaines

Posted August 12, 2017

According to Bleacher Report on Friday, the Bills' trade involves sending away wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a 2018 pick in the sixth round to the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles dealt starting receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby.

That was reflected in the reaction of some of the players on Twitter when the trade was announced. Darby, who finished second in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2015, had started 29 games over the past two seasons.

Oh Watkins, the man who was apparently the best wide-receiver leading up to the draft. Buffalo will now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Matthews caught Wentz's first-ever touchdown pass in a regular-season game. He was the No. 4 selection in the 2014 draft and has caught 17 touchdowns and 153 passes for 2,459 yards in his three seasons.

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The departure of Watkins strips quarterback Tyrod Taylor of his top passing target this season. Darby instantly becomes Philadelphia's top corner. With that number nearly certainly rising in 2017, you can expect a bump in pass attempts, which wasn't hard to do to begin with, seeing as the Bills have ranked in the bottom-two for pass attempts in each of the last two years. "We do what we think is in the best interest of the team then when you pull a trigger on anything like this, you think about the player you're giving up and the draft pick, but we felt like this was the right decision for us".

That's a pretty nice value for the Bills, getting a rental on Matthews and getting the third round pick, but that wasn't the only trade they made. The two-year defender enjoyed a solid rookie season in 2015 under head coach Rex Ryan. In his first two National Football League seasons, Darby started 29 games for the Bills and registered 137 tackles (121 solo), 2 interceptions and 33 passes defensed. Something has got to give, and it's got to be Matthews playing on the perimeter.

"I'd love to have some continuity there".