Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, land Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Ross Houston
August 11, 2017

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The Rams took a major step toward upgrading their receiver corps Friday, acquiring receiver Sammy Watkins in a trade that sent cornerback E.J. Gaines to the Buffalo Bills.

Sammy was talking about "building a legacy" with Tyrod Taylor just 14 hours ago.

Watkins hasn't been able to stay healthy the past two years, missing 11 games due to foot injuries.

Watkins was set to enter the final year of his contract after Buffalo declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. So essentially, the Bills traded Watkins for Matthews, and Darby for Gaines, while adding a second and a third round pick.

Watkins now reunites with former teammate Robert Woods in Los Angeles. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft. The shakeup continues an offseason overhaul under new coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane.

In 2016, Watkins had only 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns in eight total games with the Bills.

Gaines played at Missouri from 2010-13, two seasons in the Big 12 and the school's first two in the SEC.

Now the Bills will be heading in an entirely new direction at wide receiver.

For his National Football League tenure as a whole, Watkins has registered 153 receptions for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns across 37 regular-season games.

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