Bills trade former ACC standouts Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby
Aug 12 2017
It's been a unusual day for Buffalo Bills fans, but there's one member of "Bills Mafia" that's probably having the worst day of them all. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds.
The Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams have completed a trade that sends wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Southern California. The 25-year-old didn't miss a single game throughout his first two seasons in the National Football League, and missed just two games in the 2016 campaign. He also had 2,673 receiving yards and 19 TD receptions.
Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills in May declined to pick up his fifth-year option.
Gaines was valuable defensive back in the Rams' rotation. If you're looking for a positive to take out of what was generally a slog of a game, start here - Watkins looked healthy.
He'll be an unrestricted free agent next year unless the Rams slap the franchise tag on him. He caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two scores in his injury shortened season previous year. He started 15 games as a rookie and made two interceptions, missed all of 2015 with a foot injury, and then started 10 of 11 games in 2016 and did not make a pick.
Combining two moves, Buffalo essentially ended up with Matthews and Gaines instead of Watkins and Darby, as well as an additional second- and third-round pick in next year's draft. Last season, Watkins played in just eight games and totaled 430 yards and two scores on 28 catches.
The three picks leave Buffalo's front office with enormous flexibility entering the 2018 draft next spring.