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Buffalo Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Los Angeles Rams

Buffalo Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Los Angeles Rams

Buffalo's overall approach with these trades, and specifically the loss of Watkins, can not sit well with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Buffalo also traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

But after the Bills' preseason loss to the Vikings on Thursday night, Watkins was all smiles.

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Their two leading returning receivers heading into 2017 are Tavon Austin (58 catches for 509 yards and 3 TDs) and running back Todd Gurley (43 receptions for 327 yards and no TDs).

For the Bills, this move was about acquiring draft picks for the future: The new regime has already made a decision to move on from Watkins, the prize pick of the old regime. Both Matthews and Gaines enter the final seasons of their contracts, so neither of them could have a future in Buffalo.

The Rams need playmakers for an offense that finished last in the National Football League over the past two seasons. Foot injuries have been his bane, causing him to miss 11 games the past two seasons. When he is healthy he is a threat to be reckoned with. So essentially, the Bills traded Watkins for Matthews, and Darby for Gaines, while adding a second and a third round pick. He has just 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in 37 career games, which pale in comparison to other receivers taken after him three years ago. But the Eagles signed free-agent receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason, drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson and have been pleased with 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor's improvement. Darby has started 29 games in two years with the Bills.