The Buffalo Bills, on Friday, completed two separate blockbuster trades. The first trade sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, while the second sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Watkins was the team’s fourth-overall pick in 2014 and has tallied 153 receptions for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons. He was limited to just eight games last year, but looked poised to rebound this season.
Darby was selected by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 draft. In his first two seasons in the league, he has 137 tackles, two interceptions, and 33 passes defensed.
In exchange for Watkins and a 2019 sixth round pick, the Bills received from the Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick. The Rams’ sixth-round pick in 2014, Gaines has 126 career tackles with two interceptions and 22 passes defensed; he missed the 2015 with a Lisfranc fracture in his foot.
In the Darby trade, the Bills received back wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick. The Eagles selected Matthews in the second round of the 2014 Draft. In three seasons with the Eagles, Matthews has caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards with 19 touchdowns.