Former South Fort Myers High star Watkins traded to Rams

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

In a flurry of moves on Friday, the Buffalo Bills have made significant changes in their roster as the season approaches.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBS Sports) The Buffalo Bills sent No. 1 wide receiver and former No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams along with a 2018 sixth-round pick, and received cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick in return.

Buffalo also continued stockpiling 2018 draft picks by acquiring a second-round selection from Los Angeles and a third-rounder from the Eagles.

The moves were announced early Friday afternoon, a day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

According to WKBW Sports Director Joe Buscaglia, both Matthews and Gains have cap hits under $2 million, and both their contracts expire after this year. The team's decision to trade its top wide receiver and top cornerback continues an off-season overhaul under General Manager Brandon Beane and the team's new coach, Sean McDermott.

He's been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games previous year after having surgery to fix a broken left foot.

Gaines was valuable defensive back in the Rams' rotation. In three seasons, Watkins has caught 65, 60 and 28. So they chose to move on from Watkins a year early and get a second-round draft pick.

Matthews, 25, totaled 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in three seasons with the Eagles.

Darby has 137 tackles and two interceptions in two National Football League seasons.

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