Bills trade Watkins, Darby in pair of trades

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

He has 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons.

The trade gives Buffalo two first and second round draft picks in 2018, ammunition for a front office that has been non-committal on starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Buffalo surrendered Ronald Darby to the Eagles and Sammy Watkins and a sixth round selection to the Rams.

After being selected with the fourth overall pick by the Bills in the 2014 draft, Watkins was a disappointment as he could never stay on the field.

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, 24, is the biggest name on the move. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds. But do you really want the Bills' two best receivers from past year? His best season came in 2015 when he made 60 catches for 1,047 yards with nine touchdowns. He is entering the final year of his deal.

While previously suiting up for the Bills, Gilmore is now a member of the heralded New England Patriots after signing with the rival AFC East franchise as a free agent. His speed, size, and ability to make catches in traffic should have Rams fans, who watched an abysmal offense a year ago, excited.

Darby has two more years left on his rookie contract, with salaries of $800,000 this year and $1 million next year. Tell us what you think.

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