Former Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins traded to Rams

  • Former Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins traded to Rams

Former Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins traded to Rams

The Bills acquired cornerback EJ Gaines and a second round pick in the 2018 National Football League draft from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

This move provides them with more offensive firepower and also gives them a reliable go-to receiver they have not had in years. The Buffalo Bills traded one of the team's biggest stars, Sammy Watkins, to the Los Angeles Rams in return for cornerback EJ Gaines.

But after the Bills' preseason loss to the Vikings on Thursday night, Watkins was all smiles. The shakeup continues an offseason overhaul under new coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane.

Some would say the writing was on the wall for Watkins when the Bills declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his contract. He is entering the final year of his deal. Expect someone like Kayvon Webster or Troy Hill to fill the void to start the season.

The Rams were dead last in yards and scoring last season.

Watkins logged 2,459 yards on 153 receptions and 17 touchdowns in 37 games. Last season, he played in 11 games but was slowed by several injuries.

In Los Angeles, Watkins is reunited with former Bills starter Robert Woods, who signed with the Rams in free agency after four seasons in Buffalo.

The Bills still have playoff hopes, and these acquisitions aren't a step back. Statistically speaking, Matthews is a more effective receiver than Watkins, who has caught 153 passes for almost 2,500 yards throughout his career. Overall, the Bills have six picks in the first three rounds. Darby, who finished second in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2015, had started 29 games over the past two seasons.