The Rams took a major step toward upgrading their receiver corps Friday, acquiring receiver Sammy Watkins in a trade that sent cornerback E.J. Gaines to the Buffalo Bills.
The trades set the Bills up to replace quarterback Tyrod Taylor, to whom McDermott and ownership in Buffalo are noncommittal, with this draft deck in April 2018: two first-round picks, two second-round picks, two third-round picks. Three of the teams' top four pass catchers last season (Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Lance Kendricks) all find themselves on new teams, while the Rams used three of their first draft picks this past April on a tight end and two wideouts. Only two of 13 receivers now on the roster have more than two years under their belt with those being Tavon Austin and Robert Woods. Woods, Watkins and Austin is a more interesting mix at the receiver position than the Rams has a year ago, should present more opportunities for the Ram's quarterback to make big plays, and should open up the field for Gurley.
With all those draft picks available, it seems like the Bills - if they choose - can really put an attractive deal together to go up and get the best quarterback available, whether that's USC Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, or whomever.
The Bills' Watkins replacement, Matthews has been on the field for all but two games in his three-year career with the Eagles, after he was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Not even a minute later, the Bills released details of a second trade, this one with the Philadelphia Eagles. Buffalo would also include a 2018 sixth-round pick in the deal. The Rams intend to eventually sign Watkins beyond this coming season and are hoping he can stay healthy.
The Bills may be doing a little combination of both. They gave up a top-100 pick in next year's draft, but were able to address an area of need with Darby, especially as rookie Sidney Jones works his way back from the ruptured Achilles suffered at his pro day workout. Clearly, the Rams value him as a legitimate No. 1 option for quarterback Jared Goff, who the team drafted first overall during the 2016 draft. In 2016, Watkins was never himself.
The Bills' front office was boosted by an offseason regime change that saw first-year coach Sean McDermott get more say in personnel moves.