And 2015 second-round pick Ronald Darby, who started two years at cornerback for Buffalo, was sent to Philadelphia in exchange for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a conditional third-round pick in 2018.
In sum, the Bills swapped cornerbacks (Gaines for Darby) and receivers (Matthews for Watson) while netting additional second- and third-round picks in 2018. Woods, Watkins and Austin is a more interesting mix at the receiver position than the Rams has past year, should present more opportunities for the Ram's quarterback to make big plays, and should open up the field for Gurley. There's a bit of irony to all of this: After the Bills sacrificed picks to draft Watkins in 2014, the team is now adding picks by trading him in 2017.
Cleveland isn't the only AFC team with a ton of premium picks in the 2018 draft. If we're throwing in the towel, we're not trying to get a starting receiver back.
Declining the fifth-year option on Watkins' rookie deal in the spring was the writing on the wall from McDermott and Buffalo's rebuilt front office that he wasn't part of the plan beyond this season.
Buffalo is now the most recent team to see the value in stocking up future draft picks for a rebuild.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Friday afternoon that he doesn't like the word "untouchable" as it pertains to the trade status of players on his team. You don't know me if you think I'm throwing in the towel. He won't be able to open up the field, but now he has two dependable veteran targets and a good rookie coming to work with.
Getting Darby is a victory for the Eagles considering the revolving door at the position and the current state of the depth chart. The Rams' other vertical threat, Mike Thomas, is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Watkins joins Woods and slot receiver Cooper Kupp in three-receiver sets, putting Tavon Austin's role on the team in serious question.
This doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for Matthews, who was actually a teammate of McCoy's in the 2014 season, the 29-year-old's final season in Philadelphia. Use promo code fantasypros to get a free $3 best ball entry with your first deposit! As players and coaches, they coach and we play. A recent report suggested some team employees believe Matthews could have practiced more but allowed his contract status to influence his decision-making, a charge that the Matthews strongly denied. This month alone, the Bills signed veteran wideout Anquan Boldin - ninth in National Football League history with 1,076 career receptions.