Bills ship Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

  • Bills ship Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

Bills ship Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

The trades were announced minutes apart on Twitter.

Darby was teammates in Buffalo in 2015 with Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham and Brooks. Matthews has been the one constant for the Eagles the last three years, and with so many new faces, Matthews was a source of familiarity.

The Buffalo Bills made a pair of moves Friday in an attempt to turn the page from the prior administration and build for their future.

The Buffalo Bills have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick in next year's draft to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. The Patriots' pick could become a third-round if cornerback Eric Rowe, traded past year, gets at least 50 percent of their defensive snaps.

Matthews was taken in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and the Eagles moved up 12 spots in that draft to get him. Watkins had two decent seasons to start his career then missed half of 2016. There were just 26 wide receivers who saw at least a 20 percent share of their teams targets past year, and with the company surrounding Matthews, it's hard to say he'd even get that. In exchange for Darby, the Bills will receive wide receiver Jordan Matthews and the Eagles' 2018 third round pick.

He joins a secondary that lacks top-notch cornerbacks. His 225 receptions rank first in Eagles' history and his 2,673 receiving yards rank third among Eagles' receivers in their first three seasons. While posting 60 receptions on 95 targets, he also produced 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns, both of which still serve as single-season career-high marks. It would seem that this separate trade brings in a new potential top receiver for the team's depth chart heading into their upcoming season. The Eagles drafted Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones in the National Football League draft, but Jones will most likely sit out this year, and Douglas needs to adjust to the speed of the game and show he can play. Buffalo will now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.