Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams for EJ Gaines

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) during the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills on January 01, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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The Buffalo Bills executed not only one, but two notable trades on Friday morning. After initially acquiring wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third round NFL Draft pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby, the Bills then promptly shipped another wide receiver in Sammy Watkins across the country in a separate deal.

With Matthews officially in for the Bills and Watkins now with the Los Angeles Rams, in addition to a 2018 sixth-round pick, the NFC West franchise then sent another cornerback in E.J. Gaines back to Buffalo alongside a 2018 second round pick.

The 24-year-old Watkins was originally selected by the Bills in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Clemson. While previously spending his entire NFL career in upstate New York, the veteran wide out’s time with the Bills was mostly marred by lingering injuries.

After appearing in all 16 regular-season games as a rookie back in 2014, he then made 13 and eight such appearances, respectively, during the two following two seasons. Most recently, Watkins produced a mere 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. However, his best single-season effort came in 2015 despite missing three regular-season matchups. 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.

For his NFL tenure as a whole, Watkins has registered 153 receptions for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns across 37 regular-season games.

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