By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Buffalo Bills made two trades on Friday. In the first deal with the Los Angeles Rams, they traded away often-injured wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Watkins was sent packing along with a 2018 six-round pick to Los Angeles. Buffalo acquires cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick in the deal.
The second deal, the Bills made a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. They acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Matthews was a starter last season but was not expected to be a starter this season. He was expected to be beaten out by Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, their two big off-season signings.
The Bills are also receiving a 2018 third-round pick in the deal. In exchange, they’ve sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the City of Brotherly Love.
Watkins played in a career-low eight games last season. The 24-year-old had 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns.
In his career, he has 37 starts with a 153 receptions for 2,459 yards. He also has 17 touchdowns.
Gaines, 25, has played just two seasons in the NFL. He played in 11 games, including 10 starts, last season with 47 tackles, seven pass deflections, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
With the Rams, he played in 26 games, including 25 starts. He has had a 110 tackles, two interceptions, 22 pass deflections, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Matthews, 25, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He played in 14 games, including 13 starts, with 73 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns.
In his career, he has played in 46 games, including 36 starts. He has 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Darby, 23, will be entering his third-year in the league. He started 14 games last season with 60 tackles and 12 pass deflections.
In his two-year career, he started 29 games. He had a 121 tackles, two interceptions and 33 pass deflections.
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