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Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, acquire Matthews

12 Agosto 2017, 11:10 | Cornelio Vivanco

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, acquire Matthews

Bills trade Watkins to Rams get Matthews from Eagles

The Buffalo Bills were quite busy wheeling and dealing on Friday.

"I'm invested. I feel what they feel".

"E.J. has been a dedicated professional during his time with us, and we wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors".

It's understandable that Beane and McDermott wouldn't concede that it was a step back.

Watkins has had a varied career with the Bills, as he struggled to stay on the field for an entire season for his entire time with the team. So they went about changing that this calendar year.

The morning after the Eagles' preseason opener, Roseman executed a blockbuster trade, acquiring third-year pro Ronald Darby - a 23-year-old former second-round pick - from the Bills in exchange for free-agent-to-be Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

You get what you pay for and Darby, who has track speed but not exceptional ball skills cost the Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews, a buddy of Carson Wentz and since joining the team, statistically one of the most productive pass catchers in the league.

Second-year cornerback Jalen Mills says that he's excited by the prospect of playing opposite Darby this season.

His skillset also meshed well with that of Tyrod Taylor, a player who, this summer, nearly became an ex-Bill himself.

For now, that looks like good work from first-year general manager Brandon Beane, who was a candidate for the 49ers' opening last winter before they settled on John Lynch. For Buffalo, they can't be ignored, because they look like the main motivation for these moves. Fans might object to moving Watkins when he finally appears healthy. However, after a solid rookie season in 2015, Darby declined in 2016 and the Bills made a decision to move on. While 2017 might not be a fun year for the Bills, perhaps 2018 will be.

Matthews, like Watkins, faced his own battle with injuries. The Bills declined his fifth-year option for 2018 - call it writing on the wall, if you will - allowing him to hit the open market next offseason. At that point, you figured Watkins might not be in town much longer. Matthews is also entering the final season of his contract, so the Eagles also faced the possibility of losing him in free agency.

Watkins wasn't their guy to begin with.

It was the kind of trade the Rams desperately needed to make, the type that gives their offense a real chance to finally emerge as a legitimate unit.

In a sense, this marks the official end of the Doug Whaley era.

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