The Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

The Buffalo Bills announced two trades on Friday afternoon, with receiver Sammy Watkins headed to the L.A. Rams and fellow wideout Jordan Matthews inbound from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins, 24, was drafted by the Bills with the fourth-overall draft pick in 2014 after Buffalo traded its first- and fourth-round picks in the following draft to the Cleveland Browns to move up the No. 4. Watkins can be that type of dynamic threat when healthy.

That means, of course, the 49ers are slated to face Watkins twice this season, Week 3 and Week 17.

The Rams also gave up a second-round pick in the 2018 draft and acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft in the deal.

A second-round pick in 2014, Matthews was second on the Eagles with 73 receptions last season. He battled injuries last season and scored just twice. His speed, size, and ability to make catches in traffic should have Rams fans, who watched an abysmal offense previous year, excited.

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. Gaines and receiver Jordan Matthews. His best season came in 2015 when he made 60 catches for 1,047 yards with nine touchdowns.

The 23-year-old Darby totaled 69 stops and 12 passes defensed in 14 games with the Bills in 2016, which was also his second year in the league. 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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