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

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

In a pair of unexpected, blockbuster moves, the Buffalo Bills have come to terms with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles to offload two stars from the Bills' former front office regime.

Matthews had been rumored as trade bait for weeks.

It is likely that the Eagles opted to move Matthews because he is in a contract year and due for a substantial increase in salary after this season. Here are the latest details on these two different National Football League trade reports as they have happened. In exchange, Buffalo is getting cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick from the deal.

With Matthews joining another former Eagle skill position player up north in LeSean McCoy, third-year pro Nelson Agholor seems poised to step up into the spot vacated by Matthews in the slot.

Brooks, who was in line to be the Eagles' slot corner this season, suffered a hamstring injury in the Eagles' 24-9 loss at Green Bay on Thursday night. He has 137 tackles, 33 pass deflections and 2 interceptions in 29 games.

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"Sammy has proven he can be a productive player and an explosive receiver in this league, we look forward to having him in a Rams uniform", Rams general manager Les Snead said in a news release. "But we've got to do what's in the best interest of this team moving forward and that's why we made the trade".

Darby was a five-star recruit out of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, considered the best player in the state of Maryland and by some services as the top cornerback prospect. In his three seasons with the Eagles, Matthews caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Buffalo essentially traded Gaines for Darby in these two trades, as well.

As a result of these transactions, the Bills now own two selections in the first, second and third round of the 2018 Draft. Interestingly, Matthews was in the same draft class as Watkins. The shakeup continues an offseason overhaul under new coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane.


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