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Bills trades leaves club loaded for 2018 National Football League draft

August 20 2017, 02:09 | Van Peters

Bills trades leaves club loaded for 2018 National Football League draft

Buffalo Bills make a splash, acquire Jordan Matthews and EJ Gaines

The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.

In an effort to replace Watkins, the Bills quickly traded starting cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Jordan Matthews, a receiver that was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Despite acquiring wide receiver Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills on Friday, the Los Angeles Rams reportedly don't plan on shopping wideout Tavon Austin.

The moves were made day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Minnesota. The Buffalo Bills actually traded with the Cleveland Browns to get the fourth overall pick to take Watkins back in 2014, and three years later, he's on another team. When he is healthy he is a threat to be reckoned with. Darby has started 29 games in two years with the Bills. In return, the Bills will get cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in 2018.

Matthews is just one of seven players in league history to have at least 225 catches, 2,500 yds, and 19 TDs in their first 3 seasons.

In Los Angeles, Watkins is reunited with former Bills starter Robert Woods, who signed with the Rams in free agency after four seasons in Buffalo.

First, Ezekiel Elliott, a consensus Top-5 pick, was hit with a six-game suspension.

If he did so, then new GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott would look to extend Watkins during this season, or perhaps prior to his hitting the market in 2018.

As for Darby, who finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015, he has two years remaining on his contract.

The Rams were dead last in yards and scoring last season.

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