Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for EJ Gaines

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for EJ Gaines

The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick in next year's draft to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. After initially acquiring wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third round NFL Draft pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby, the Bills then promptly shipped another wide receiver in Sammy Watkins across the country in a separate deal. The latest Bills news and rumors have indicated that the team participated in two different trades as of Friday.

Buffalo now owns two selections in the first, second and third rounds of the 2018 draft. The Matthews-Watkins swap didn't change anything there, but Matthews is more of a possession/inside target versus Watkins' down-field ability.

Buffalo also acquired a third-round pick from the Eagles in the 2018 National Football League draft.

Matthews, 25, was a second-round pick in the 2014 draft and has caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 scores in three seasons with the Eagles. Of course, even a down year for Matthews was 73 receptions, 804 yards and 3 touchdowns, so he'll likely continue to produce regardless.

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Darby started 29 games in his first two seasons in Buffalo. However, Watkins was hobbled over the 2016 season with a foot injury. Darby was considered their top cornerback on the depth chart. Gaines back to Buffalo alongside a 2018 second round pick.

"I'd love to have some continuity there. It goes to the player that we got, the position that we're acquiring and how hard it is to find those guys".

Talk and rumors about the Eagles' possibly trading Matthews have been floating for months and it's those rumors - true or not - that actually led to the Eagles' receiving calls about him, Roseman said. Because the Rams and the Bills have new offensive schemes this year, it's tough to really evaluate how these receivers will fare in their new homes, but obviously that's not going to stop us from trying.

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