Bills trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Derby

Henrietta Strickland
August 13, 2017

The Bills announced two moves Friday, acquiring the services of Jordan Matthews and E.J. Gaines via trade. The Bills acquired Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Bills also dealt a sixth round pick in next year's draft to Los Angeles in return for a second round pick.

Watkins's future in Buffalo had already been in question after the Bills declined in May to pick up his fifth-year option.

When healthy, Watkins is one of the premier deep threats in the NFL.

The Bills basically filled the voids left by Watkins and Darby with Matthews and Gains, and loaded up on more draft picks in the process.

That means, of course, the 49ers are slated to face Watkins twice this season, Week 3 and Week 17. Watkins required a second operation in January after aggravating the injury last season.

Watkins, listed at 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, should be a primary target for quarterback Jared Goff, and Watkins will be reunited with receiver Robert Woods, his former teammate in Buffalo. But the addition of Matthews at the No. 1 receiver spot on the depth chart gives the Bills a proven weapon. Watkins' best National Football League season came in 2015, his sophomore year, when he caught 60 passes for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns (in 13 games).

With no 2015 first-round pick, Darby became Buffalo's top choice at 50th overall. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick.

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