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Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, add Jordan Matthews from Eagles

12 Août 2017

The Bills received a solid veteran wideout, Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick in the Darby deal. Roseman had determined something needed to be done in the secondary, but the need didn't make it easier for Roseman to part ways with Matthews.

Watkins has 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons with Buffalo. When the Eagles traded Matthews, they gave up a player who has 225 catches in three seasons. Buffalo tapped Watkins fourth before Mike Evans went seventh to Tampa Bay and Odell Beckham Jr. went 13th to the Giants. "We're building a football team that we want to compete in the short and long term and be good for a long time". "We do what we think is in the best interests of the team". They acquired a second-round pick from L.A. and a third-rounder from the Eagles, while also sending a sixth-round pick to the Rams. Those were their top two players in the secondary, and keep in mind that they allowed opponents 23.6 points per game with those two, which was the 16th most in the league. The biggest position of need for Philly is at cornerback, and the addition of Darby instantly upgrades the position. Rookie Sidney Jones could also become a factor when he's recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Calf and ankle injuries held Watkins back early in 2015, but he had 900 receiving yards over the final nine games that season. "And having a defensive back, corner position that was young and could grow together, this fits with that description". He was easily the most dynamic receiver on the roster, and the Bills are left with slot receiver Jordan Matthews as their new number one. We had the opportunity to watch you develop as a player and as a person, and that is something we will never forget.

By trading Matthews, 25, the Eagles lost one of their locker room leaders, however. With Jeffery likely to struggle in Year 1, Zach Ertz stands to benefit most from Matthews being gone.

Both trades were announced within minutes of each other even though they were unrelated.

"Crazy part of this business", Wentz tweeted. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

The Buffalo Bills traded for Eagles WR Jordan Matthews who seems to be Watkins' replacement. Darby has been in the league for two years and has been very productive in that span. However good he is as a player, he's a better person.

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, add Jordan Matthews from Eagles