Sammy Watkins Traded To Rams; Bills Acquire Jordan Matthews In Separate Trade


The Buffalo Bills were busy Friday afternoon.

As the news of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension dropped, the Bills traded their No. 1 wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-rounder. But they immediately replaced Watkins in a separate trade for Philadelphia Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews.

Watkins is a big upgrade for the Rams, as starting wide receivers Tavon Austin and Robert Woods posted 509 yards and 613 yards, respectively, last season. The 24-year-old missed eight games last year after breaking a bone in his foot, but his yards per reception rate over his three NFL seasons is the fourth-best in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Matthews posted 804 yards and three touchdowns with the Eagles in 2016.

Thumbnail photo via Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports Images

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