This is definitely a team to keep an eye on as the preseason progresses.
But now three years later the Bills dealt Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 2nd round pick. There other deal was struck with the Philadelphia Eagles. Shortly after that news hit, the team traded for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick. The Bills previously acquired the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round pick in trading down during the 2017 draft to select cornerback Tre'Davious White at No. 27. KESSELRING:Can Watkins Finally Reach His Potential?
Matthews has been a highly productive player since being selected 42nd overall in 2014.
We've heard rumblings about Matthews being traded all offseason, but I don't think anyone expected the Bills to be the team to jump on him, especially when they signed Anquan Boldin just last week.
The key to these deals for the Bills may be probability. Foot injuries have been his bane, causing him to miss 11 games the past two seasons.
The Bills recently declined their fifth-year contract option on Watkins, so he is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Insane how close you can get with someone in a year.
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been traded to the L.A. Rams. However, after a solid rookie campaign in which he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and Pro Football Focus' Defensive Rookie of the Year, Darby regressed in 2016, apparently falling out of favor in Buffalo. So when trying to project this offense as a whole, it's hard to say they'll throw the ball more than 500-520 times. He went from a third- or fourth-round selection to a high second-round because he trusted the process.
The trade effectively opens up two wide receiver spots for these young players to compete for. This new situation, with no Sammy Watkins, is ripe for Jones to seize an opportunity.