Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews

Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews

Bills trade WR Watkins to Rams, acquire WR Matthews

On Friday afternoon, the Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams and cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles, igniting an immediate national reaction that the Bills are "throwing in the towel" on the 2017 season. Shortly after that news hit, the team traded for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

Watkins, 24, was drafted by the Bills with the fourth-overall draft pick in 2014 after Buffalo traded its first- and fourth-round picks in the following draft to the Cleveland Browns to move up the No. 4. The key words in that sentence are definitely "when healthy". Maybe he'll improve another season removed from the ailment, but if the Bills want to deal away a receiver with foot problems, it's an odd move to swap your best cornerback for one with foot problems of his own. This was evident earlier in the offseason when the Bills made a decision to not pick up the fifth-year option for Watkins. "You get traded. It's a business and he has to understand that. But we also have to let it play", he said.

In 2014, the Rams could have drafted receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 2. You don't know me if you think I'm throwing in the towel. It was the most that a cornerback has allowed all season. This means less of the box being stacked as Gurley might be able to surprise some defenders with his progress in the passing game. He's Sammy Watkins. For real. Their slot receiver is Cooper Kupp, a rookie out of Eastern Washington who already looks to have solidified a role. To put it simply, he is a game changer.

McCoy, who was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 for linebacker Kiko Alonso, said he can relate to Watkins in that he was dealt for "a guy he's probably better than" in wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

This does hinder the sleeper potential of Robert Woods as a whole but he still could be a sneaky grab for someone to take a waiver on, especially if Watkins gets injured again. At the same time, McDermott understands the angst fans are feeling as they watch two key players leave the team. Watkins was set to make over $13 million if the Bills were to keep him.

The 23-year-old Darby totaled 69 stops and 12 passes defensed in 14 games with the Bills in 2016, which was also his second year in the league. Right now before any adjustments have been made, Watkins is being drafted in PPR formats at the 3.11 spot according to Fantasy Football Calculator.

After the trade, Taylor deleted a tweet that included a photo of him standing with Watkins and wideout Zay Jones along with the caption "We just getting started fellas.". I'm sure he's probably grown and developed himself.

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