Buffalo Bills invest in future by trading Ronald Darby, Sammy Watkins

Watkins will now be playing for the Rams

The Bills dealt the talented but oft-injured Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, getting a second-round pick for a player they recently traded into the top 10 to select.

Within moments of the Watkins deal being announced, the Bills found Taylor another productive, young receiver, Jordan Matthews, sent from Philly to Buffalo in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.

It appears that the Bills are building for the future, as they now hold the Chiefs' 2018 first-round pick, the Rams' 2018 second-round pick, and the Eagles 2018 third-round pick. And Matthews is a very good receiver.

Sammy Watkins was part of the legendary 2014 wide receiver draft class that had stars selected such as Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr.

Among 41 wide receivers with 100 or more targets last season, Matthews was 38th in Reception NEP, despite being 26th in targets and tied for 23rd in receptions. Well-traveled Patrick Robinson, who entered the league as the No. 32 pick overall in 2010, hopes for a revival in 2017 with his fourth team but injuries have dogged him.

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Bringing in Watkins also gives Goff another experienced receiver to go with Woods and Tavon Austin, who has been limited in training camp with a hamstring injury. Other safeties who played for the Bills in 2016 that aren't on the team's current roster include Robert Blanton, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks, James Ihedigbo and Sergio Brown.

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. I think the biggest bump for the current moment is going to be TE Charles Clay, who posted a 57-552-4 line in 2016. But if you want to take that risk, you need to pick up Darren McFadden two rounds earlier than you normally would. The team is apparently interested in signing Watkins to a long-term extension. If you've paid attention to professional football in your life, you undoubtedly know that Buffalo isn't a kind place to play once the snow begins to fall; deep threats are great only if you can get the ball to them.

The Rams have known for some time they needed a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver, someone capable of blowing the top off a defense, drawing extra attention defensively - and opening more room for others to work, including running back Todd Gurley - and tilting the field in the Rams' direction.

As for Darby, he had a nice rookie season in 2015, but declined last season, so a change of scenery may do him good. I have faith in coach (Sean) McDermott, I have faith in management that they made a decision based on the betterment of this team.

He is playing on the final year of his rookie contract and is due $1.09 million this season. Maybe the Bills' front office doesn't care. Matthews had three catches for 18 yards Thursday in the Eagles' 24-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

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