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Author: Jon Kuzma
When first hearing the news the Buffalo Bills have traded Sammy Watkins and third year cornerback Ronald Darby most football fans immediate reaction was those were dumb moves. However after looking deeper into the trades it’s easy to see why the Bills pulled the trigger on these two deals. Sammy Watkins was underachieving in Buffalo and he never really hit his stride after an illustrious career at the University of Clemson. In the end the Bills wanted to get out of that contract they had with Watkins so they shipped their top wide receiver to the Los Angeles Rams. In return the Bills received a 2nd round pick and E.J Gaines, which will help the Bills eliminate the loss of Darby and it’s gives the team a high draft pick to build for the future. The Bills then shipped Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Jordan Matthews and a 3rd round draft pick which gives Buffalo a receiver right now to replace Watkins and another draft pick for the new regime’s vision. It must be noted that both of these draft picks are in 2018 so they will be put to good use immediately and the Bills got good enough players back where the drop off in talent won’t implode their team. Those moves will give new Head Coach Sean McDermott a chance at competing next season and if you’re a Buffalo fan this is finally some good news for your team. If Jordan Matthews and E.J Gaines can also raise their level of play that would go a long way in changing the culture surround the Bills right now. So it will be up to those two guys to be laser focused on their training and preparation heading into the upcoming season. The bottom line though, this wasn’t a terrible deal for Buffalo and it could actually end up being a good or great deal if those draft picks are used correctly.
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