Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, add Jordan Matthews from Eagles


In a somewhat bizarrely executed news drop, the Bills announced the trade of Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second rounder. As a result, it's clear to see that Matthews will be expected to assume No. 1 receiver duties upon his arrival.

Buffalo's overall approach with these trades, and specifically the loss of Watkins, can not sit well with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Besides, if the Eagles are developing offensively around free agents Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, there should be less emphasis on the role of the slot receiver.

Ronald Darby was a second round pick by the Bills in the 2015 draft. In his rookie season two years ago, he had two interceptions, but none last year. Watkins' best National Football League season came in 2015, his sophomore year, when he caught 60 passes for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns (in 13 games). Whether it will have been worth it or not depends entirely on whether Darby rebounds and becomes a consistent starting cornerback for the Eagles.

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Brooks, who was in line to be the Eagles' slot corner this season, suffered a hamstring injury in the Eagles' 24-9 loss at Green Bay on Thursday night. He has two more years remaining on his rookie contract.

"There's no insurance on any of these things", Roseman said. You'll always be my boy both on & off the field. "Couldn't ask for a better teammate & friend".

The trade has a deep impact on two positions that were most in need of a revamp after last season. "This isn't one where you're celebrating and doing a dance, because you're giving up a good player and a good pick, but in this league you're not going to be able to get anything unless you give something". But it hurts when people you care about leave. "But we have to do what's best in moving forward". They also get another former member of the Buffalo Bills, as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz continues to stockpile players from his previous stop.