Bills Trade Sammy Watkins and Get Jordan Matthews From Eagles

The Rams' second-round draft pick, the Eagles' third-round draft pick, cornerback E.J. It now gives them not only a go-to receiver, but also a player who can make plays down the field and draw the defense.

L.A. signed Watkins' former (and once again current) teammate Robert Woods in the offseason and drafted former Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the third round of the 2017 Draft, and former Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds in the fourth round.

Rather than stay at No. 9, the Bills switched places with the Browns, plus sent their 2015 first-round choice to Cleveland, so they could move up five spots to get Watkins.

Watkins endured non-stop nagging injuries, and he wound up missing 11 of the possible 48 games he could have played, but also was well less than 100 percent in many others. Matthews has averaged 75 catches, 891 receiving yards and six touchdowns in his first three seasons.

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Watkins and Matthews will both become unrestricted free agents in March. He finishes his career in Buffalo with 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns. In flashes, he looked explosive, but he just couldn't stay healthy. So they chose to move on from Watkins a year early and get a second-round draft pick. Furthemore, the team essentially replaced Watkins by pulling off a separate deal for Philadelphia Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews.

Matthews has been a steady performer in Philadelphia. Last season he had 28 receptions for 430 yards and two scores in eight games for the Bills. Darby, a man-coverage specialist, is coming off a down sophomore campaign, after his 21 passes defensed as a second-round rookie in 2015 ranked fifth in the NFL.

He's been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games a year ago after having surgery to fix a broken left foot.

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