Bills Deal Watkins; Get Jordan Matthews, Draft Picks

Buffalo Bills Agree To Trade Sammy Watkins

"Bills have acquired CB E.J. Gaines and Rams 2018 second round pick for WR Sammy Watkins and Bills 2018 sixth round pick".

Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick have been traded from the Eagles to the Bills in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

The Buffalo Bills announced two big trades on Friday, both of which involved swapping cornerbacks and receivers with NFC teams.

Darby, a third-year player out of Florida State, was originally drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Matthews is arguably the greatest receiver in Vanderbilt history while Gaines played his college career at Mizzou. That job will now likely go to Tre'Davious White, Buffalo's first round pick in the 2017 National Football League draft.

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Matthews, who like Watkins is also in just his fourth season, had 73 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns in the 2016 season. He also had 2,673 receiving yards and 19 TD receptions. He has been a starter in all 29 of his career games over the past two seasons.

Watkins was already a hard player to evaluate after a disappointing, injury-plagued 2016. Darby instantly becomes Philadelphia's top corner. Nelson Agholor, the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 2015, has been a standout during training camp after two disappointing seasons.

Darby is under contract for two more years, which is perhaps where the Bills get off asking for more out of the swap. 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. He's been the team's best player at the position in recent seasons so it seemed somewhat inconceivable that general manager Howie Roseman would want to deal the three-year pro.

Watkins heads to Los Angeles, formerly Buffalo's 2014 first-round pick. "Love you bro. I'll definitely miss doing this with you!" Something has got to give, and it's got to be Matthews playing on the perimeter.

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