Bills Send Sammy Watkins To The Rams

Hope Soto
August 12, 2017

Buffalo's wheeling and dealing on Friday certainly left many mouths agape.

The Rams sent cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round selection from the 2018 NFL Draft to the Bills in the exchange. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds. The Bills dealt Ronald Darby to the Eagles and acquired E.J. Gaines in the trade with the Rams. Now L.A. has their No. 1 and 2 receivers from last season, granted Watkins only played eight games previous year as he dealt with injuries.

He caught 153 passes for 2,459 yards and 17 TDs as a Bill. Statistically speaking, Matthews is a more effective receiver than Watkins, who has caught 153 passes for almost 2,500 yards throughout his career.

Watkins's future in Buffalo had already been in question after the Bills declined in May to pick up his fifth-year option.

Though, when healthy, Watkins is a very risky deep threat.

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Matthews, like Watkins, is eligible for unrestricted free agency after this year.

The Rams clearly focused on upgrading their passing game this offseason as they hope to turn Jared Goff, the 2016 NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick, into a franchise quarterback.

The Bills' front office was boosted by an offseason regime change that saw first-year coach Sean McDermott get more say in personnel moves. Darby, who finished second in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2015, had started 29 games over the past two seasons.

The Bills created $1.4 million in cap room with the two deals. Last season he had 28 receptions for 430 yards and two scores in eight games for the Bills.

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