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Bills ship Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Bills ship Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Along with a 2018 6th round draft pick, Buffalo traded him to the Los Angeles Rams in order to acquire CB E. J. Gaines and a 2nd round 2018 draft pick. Wow. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.

The Buffalo Bills traded for Eagles WR Jordan Matthews who seems to be Watkins' replacement.

Here is a sampling of some of the funnier tweets about the trade.

The Bills now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 draft.

The additional picks provide General Manager Brandon Beane assets in a draft that looks like it will have several top-end quarterback prospects. He's a unique talent, but injuries have limited his productivity through his first three seasons. And no, the move doesn't say anything about Tyrod Taylor's future as the team's quarterback.

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"LA got very serious about Sammy [Watkins] and Philadelphia got very serious about Ronald [Darby]", Beane said. Imagine where they'll rank next year if they sign their newest addition to a long-term deal. The 24-year-old missed eight games last year after breaking a bone in his foot, but his yards per reception rate over his three NFL seasons is the fourth-best in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

However, Matthews is still a talented receiver who could be effective in the upcoming season. The Rams' other vertical threat, Mike Thomas, is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The deals come just a day after the Bills had their first preseason game of the year, a loss to the Vikings. He was drafted by Philadelphia 42nd overall in the second round of the 2014 draft. Now it looks like that roster will be built in a new direction in the coming seasons.

In sum, the Bills swapped cornerbacks (Gaines for Darby) and receivers (Matthews for Watson) while netting additional second- and third-round picks in 2018. Somebody mentioned that somebody said that out there, and honestly, that's annoying to me. Football players always want to win, and on the surface, the trades that the Bills made on Friday were made with long term success in mind. Sometimes that's a day-to-day process and sometimes those are not easy decisions from a leadership standpoint.

Tavon Austin's cap number is $8 million in 2018, which is the fifth highest on the team. The Bills paid a hefty price to draft him in 2014, switching places with the Browns (No. 9 to No. 4) while also giving the Browns their 2015 first-round pick to ensure they could pick Watkins.


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