Bills Deal Watkins; Get Jordan Matthews, Draft Picks

Minnesota Vikings running back C.J. Ham rushes for a touchdown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Thursday Aug. 10 2017 in Orchard Park N.Y

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Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was sent to the Los Angeles Rams along with a 2018 sixth-round draft pick in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round selection.

This is a huge move for the Rams, and one that comes with no shortage of risk.

The Bills recently declined their fifth-year contract option on Watkins, so he is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. However shocking this move may have been, the Eagles effectively solved two issues that had been looming since the start of training camp. Unfortunately, he was in the final year of his contract, and there was a logjam at the position. Buffalo seems to be stockpiling picks for next year's draft. Patrick Robinson and Jalen Mills sat atop the depth chart prior to the deal, with Ron Brooks as the favorite to man the slot.

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By trading for Darby the team fixed that problem.

Matthews has been extremely productive during the first three years of his career.

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. He has shown that he can be the playmaker that the Eagles need.

Matthews, 6-3, 212, is entering his fourth National Football League season after the Eagles made him a second-round pick in the 2014 National Football League draft. Darby is just 23 years old and has two years left on his rookie deal.

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One of the biggest storylines in the offseason was the Eagles' signing of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

Roseman said it was a deal that could not have been made past year because the receiver group wasn't as strong as he perceives it to be at the moment, especially with the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Several players have shown enough progress to warrant Roseman's confidence that Matthews' role can be filled, including Bryce Treggs, Greg Ward, and Marcus Johnson.

The trade effectively opens up two wide receiver spots for these young players to compete for. The Matthews-Watkins swap didn't change anything there, but Matthews is more of a possession/inside target versus Watkins' down-field ability.

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