Bills trade WR Sammy Watkins to Rams, CB Ronald Darby to Eagles

Bills trade WR Sammy Watkins to Rams, CB Ronald Darby to Eagles

Bills trade WR Sammy Watkins to Rams, CB Ronald Darby to Eagles

BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBS Sports) The Buffalo Bills sent No. 1 wide receiver and former No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams along with a 2018 sixth-round pick, and received cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick in return.

New General Manager Brandon Beane is saying goodbye to former first-round pick Sammy Watkins along with linebacker Ronald Darby.

The Philadelphia Eagles on Friday dealt slot receiver Jordan Matthews to Buffalo in exchange for a cornerback. We'll update this with more information as it becomes available. In three seasons with the Eagles Matthews compiled 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Watkins's future in Buffalo had already been in question after the Bills declined in May to pick up his fifth-year option. Watkins can be that type of dynamic threat when healthy. He finishes his career in Buffalo with 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Watkins has played in 21 games the past two seasons after playing all 16 as a rookie in 2014.

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The trade gives Buffalo two first and second round draft picks in 2018, ammunition for a front office that has been non-committal on starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

The Bills' front office was boosted by an offseason regime change that saw first-year coach Sean McDermott get more say in personnel moves.

The Bills continue revamping their receiver group, with Matthews' acquisition coming four days after Buffalo signed veteran free agent Anquan Boldin.

As for Darby, who finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015, he has two years remaining on his contract.

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