Bills trade Sammy Watkins and Ronald Derby


The two biggest trades so far this preseason happened simultaneously today, as the Bills announced a trade with the Rams and a related trade with the Eagles. Gaines and receiver Jordan Matthews.

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. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft.

The reality is that the Bills probably didn't want to pay Watkins number one receiver money next year, mostly because he just can't stay healthy. He also had 2,673 receiving yards and 19 TD receptions. The Bills declined to pick up his fifth-year option earlier this offseason, fueling speculation that he might be moved by the team's new management.

Gaines is entering his fourth season as a pro. He caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two scores in his injury shortened season past year.

The Bills also dealt a sixth round pick in next year's draft to Los Angeles in return for a second round pick. Last season, a broken foot, was limited to eight meetings.

The Rams must think that Watkins is as healthy as he's been in his entire career. Last season, he played in 11 games but was slowed by several injuries. No member of the Eagles had caught more passes in his first three seasons than the 225 Matthews had snagged.

Watkins and Matthews will both become unrestricted free agents in March.

First, Ezekiel Elliott, a consensus Top-5 pick, was hit with a six-game suspension. Darby, who finished second in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2015, had started 29 games over the past two seasons.