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Buffalo Bills fans probably would have preferred to see Sammy Watkins in bubble wrap sitting in a suite on Thursday night.

In a second trade, the Bills sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third round pick next year.

Bills have acquired CB E.J. Gaines and Rams 2018 second round pick for WR Sammy Watkins and Bills 2018 sixth round pick.

Watkins (6-1, 211) was once considered the prized receiver of the 2014 National Football League draft, which turned out to be loaded at the position.

The moves were made day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Minnesota. Entering his fourth season, the former Vanderbilt wideout has 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns under his belt. It now gives them not only a go-to receiver, but also a player who can make plays down the field and draw the defense.

The Bills declined to pick up Watkin's fifth-year option on his contract back in May, so his future with the organization was already in question. Watkins can be that type of dynamic threat when healthy.

If he did so, then new GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott would look to extend Watkins during this season, or perhaps prior to his hitting the market in 2018.

He will hope to revive his career in LA with the Rams, who needed to improve the supporting cast around under-pressure second-year quarterback Jared Goff.

While Matthews won't necessarily replace Watkins in terms of role, he'll replace him in terms of production. Last season, Watkins played in just eight games and totaled 430 yards and two scores on 28 catches.

The Rams were dead last in yards and scoring last season.


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