ESPN The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the Bills announced Friday. The Bills also acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews and 2018 third-round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Ronald Darby.
In a surprisingly move, the Buffalo Bills shipped very talented but injury plagued wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angels Rams, for cornerback E.J. Gaines. Then, needing a wide receiver, the Bills got Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Ronald Darby. In my opinion, the Bills made a major downgrade at wide receiver, and a slight upgrade at cornerback. If Sammy Watkins stays healthy, the Rams look to be the winners of these trades, they have long lacked a game breaking wide receiver. They are in a new city and they have a new star. The Bills have many wide receivers on the roster, but they do not seem to have a game breaker, mostly possession guys. While Gaines is a great corner, Darby is a solid player too, so the upgrade at corner is not huge.