Rams acquire receiver Sammy Watkins in a trade for cornerback EJ Gaines

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

Did the Rams realize that they just recreated the 2016 Bills receiving corps?

Buffalo's overall approach with these trades, and specifically the loss of Watkins, can not sit well with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

What a odd day in the NFL.

In a somewhat bizarrely executed news drop, the Bills announced the trade of Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second rounder. He was due to be a free agent after the upcoming season when the Bills declined his fifth-year option in May. The Buffalo Bills actually traded with the Cleveland Browns to get the fourth overall pick to take Watkins back in 2014, and three years later, he's on another team.

In three National Football League seasons, Matthews has caught 67 passes, 85 passes and 73 passes.

Watkins is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and is cheap for the Rams, at a salary of just $690,000 this year.

Watkins, on the other hand, was often injured, but many are looking to him to have another breakthrough season.

A second-round pick in 2014, Matthews was second on the Eagles with 73 receptions last season.

Gaines appeared in 11 games for the Rams last season and made 56 total tackles.

Darby started 29 games in his first two seasons in Buffalo. If they release a package of players later this month, they could add another 2018 third-round pick as part of the NFL's compensatory draft pick system.

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