Bills trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby in massive shakeup

Bills trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby in massive shakeup

The Buffalo Bills have revamped their receiving corps by trading Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and acquiring Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles in a separate deal.

We've acquired CB E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd round pick from the Rams for WR Sammy Watkins and a 2018 6th round pick.

Watkins had four catches for 39 yards in a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, his last appearance for the Bills. The shakeup continues an off-season overhaul under new coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane.

Watkins's future in Buffalo had already been in question after the Bills declined in May to pick up his fifth-year option. Matthews is also entering the final season of his contract, so the Eagles also faced the possibility of losing him in free agency.

Gaines had become expendable for the Rams after the offseason signings of cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

When healthy, Watkins is one of the premier deep threats in the NFL. However, he's been nicked by injuries throughout his career and only appeared in eight games last season.

Watkins is reunited with former Bills wideout Robert Woods in Los Angeles and is expected to fill the team's top receiver role.

For his part, Matthews will obviously take its place in the Bills. He had over 800 yards in each of his three seasons in Philadelphia, with the Eagles sacrificing him in order to bolster their defense with Darby.

Watkins, a Clemson alum, joins the receiver-starved Rams who are looking for capable targets for last year's top-overall pick Jared Goff, who struggled while the offense finished dead last in both yardage and scoring. Darby has 137 tackles and two interceptions in two National Football League seasons.

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