When the dust settled on this blockbuster of a Friday, Sammy Watkins landed in Los Angeles with the Rams while Jordan Matthews finds himself headed to Buffalo to suit up for the Bills. To make up for the loss of Darby, the Bills acquired E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Rams in exchange for wide receiver Sammy Watkins. While 2017 might not be a fun year for the Bills, perhaps 2018 will be. It could look something like the Tennessee Titans of last season, though similar efficiency is certainly not guaranteed. As it stands, Watkins is getting a QB downgrade going from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff.
This is a breaking news story. "So, you don't just do it for the now, although we do think he'll help the now". McDermott said, before outlining his message.
"Jordan Matthews since the day we drafted him, unbelievable teammate", Roseman said.
"This is not a throw-in-the-towel thing at all", Beane said.
Trades are pretty rare in the National Football League but nonetheless, Buffalo chose to shake up its roster early in training camp this season. Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, and Ron Brooks are looked at as the veterans, but Mills has only played one year and Robinson has not had a good camp by any means. With this move, the team, for lack of a better term, killed two birds with one stone. The Bills declined his fifth-year option for 2018 - call it writing on the wall, if you will - allowing him to hit the open market next offseason.
He is playing on the final year of his rookie contract and is due $1.09 million this season.
With all those draft picks available, it seems like the Bills - if they choose - can really put an attractive deal together to go up and get the best quarterback available, whether that's USC Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, or whomever. He has 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons, but topped 1,000 yards just once, in 2015. At the time, the wide receiver had been promoted to the first team offense in 11-on-11 drills. Darby was considered their top cornerback on the depth chart.
"It's a corner-deficient league".
I applaud them for the moves.
Darby has been a starter for two years, and was a second-round pick of the Bills back in 2015.
Gaines was a sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2014. But newcomer Kayvon Webster, who is very familiar with Wade Phillips' system from his time in Denver, already had locked down the starting job opposite Trumaine Johnson.
After this off-season, the Buffalo Bills are building for the future. "Someone our there said that and, quite honestly, that's annoying to me because that's not me". Sometimes that's a day-to-day process and sometimes those are not easy decisions from a leadership standpoint.
NOTES: S Bacarri Rambo is listed week to week after hurting his hamstring against Minnesota. Matthews has been the one constant for the Eagles the last three years, and with so many new faces, Matthews was a source of familiarity.