Los Angeles Rams Acquire WR Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills

Aug 12, 2017, 00:13
Los Angeles Rams Acquire WR Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills

In a pair of unexpected, blockbuster moves, the Buffalo Bills have come to terms with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles to offload two stars from the Bills' former front office regime.

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.

Watkins had a team-high 39 receiving yards on four catches in Thursday's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. He had a career best 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns on 60 receptions in 13 games during the 2015 season.

Gaines, 25, had 56 tackles, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble for the Rams in 11 games last season, his second National Football League season.

Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills in May declined to pick up his fifth-year option.

Watkins, 24, is a great offensive weapon when healthy.

Matthews, like Watkins, is eligible for unrestricted free agency after this year. No member of the Eagles had caught more passes in his first three seasons than the 225 Matthews had snagged.

In sum, the Bills swapped cornerbacks (Gaines for Darby) and receivers (Matthews for Watson) while netting additional second- and third-round picks in 2018. If they release a package of players later this month, they could add another 2018 third-round pick as part of the NFL's compensatory draft pick system.

If he did so, then new GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott would look to extend Watkins during this season, or perhaps prior to his hitting the market in 2018.

Gaines is heading into the final year of his rookie contract as well, with a salary of $1.8 million. He's played in 26 games, making 25 starts in three seasons with the franchise.