Team Trades Sammy Watkins To Rams, Gets Jordan Matthews From Eagles

Team Trades Sammy Watkins To Rams, Gets Jordan Matthews From Eagles

Team Trades Sammy Watkins To Rams, Gets Jordan Matthews From Eagles

"The Buffalo Bills shook up the landscape of the NFL-and the fantasy football world-in a massive way on Friday afternoon, a href=" target="_blank" trading Sammy Watkins to the Rams and acquiring Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles. In exchange, the Bills sent away cornerback Ronald Darby, according to ESPN. Is Gaines an upgrade over Darby?

Darby, 23, is also a full two years younger than Gaines. He is entering the final year of his deal. It was telling that he chose not to aggressively pursue a new contract with Matthews. Jordan Matthews is a big slot receiver and per PFF was the seventh-ranked wide receiver in target percentage when in the slot with 22.2 percent - right behind Larry Fitzgerald (22.8 percent).

When the season opens in four weeks, he'll line up behind a retooled offensive line anchored by one of the best left tackles in the league and a rebuilt receiving corps from which multiple options are available. And he's had to play with a mix of quarterbacks in Philadelphia, so that says a lot about his versatility.

And from the draft, dependable, productive Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and athletic tight end Gerald Everett were added. As a result of the trade, Buffalo avoids Watkins' enormous payday. Obviously, it was the latter all along. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.

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That trade was made under the previous front office. By comparison, the man who will probably replace him in the starting lineup - Matthews, who was the Eagles' second-round pick in 2014 - has missed only two games in his career and has 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

And that's really what this is about. Or has it? The initial reaction by Buffalo Bills' fans is that the team is tanking and that the season is over.

With first-year head coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are loading up on early-round draft picks in 2018. Gaines, when healthy, can be a strong corner. Having more consistent receivers will likely be a good thing for the Bills. The Buffalo Bills haven't made a postseason appearance since the team was stunned by the Tennessee Titans via the "Music City Miracle" in the 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs. With Friday's trades, they now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 draft.

In 2016, the Rams used the first overall pick on Jared Goff out of Cal to be the face of the franchise as they moved from St. Louis to LA. The abundance of draft picks allows Buffalo to secure a safe selection in one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory, with the likes of USC's Sam Darnold or OSU's Mason Rudolph giving solace to Beane's claim that the Bills will "try to win today and win tomorrow". Watkins was set to make over $13 million if the Bills were to keep him.

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