They have to sell these deals to their team, which expects to contend for a playoff spot this season. Timing was on their side. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade. The Rams were certainly aware of this, but it didn't deter them from giving up some capital for the receiver.
Sammy Watkins is headed to L.A., and now Jared Goff has a No. 1 wide receiver. Whenever the offense struggled, you were one of the few consistent players who everyone could count on to make a play. Trading away E.J. Gaines is no issue. Roseman said the Birds weren't apprised of the Watkins deal before closing their trade. However, what makes the Bills different from teams like the Cleveland Browns or New York Jets is they weren't a team with league-low talent. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder had 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns. The move seems shocking to many fans as the team made a big trade to go up to No. 4 in the 2014 NFL Draft to acquire him.
Gaines seemingly entered training camp in competition with newcomer Kayvon Webster for the No. 2 cornerback job, alongside Trumaine Johnson. And younger players such as Nickell Robey-Coleman, Lamarcus Joyner, Troy Hill and Mike Jordan gave the Rams some adequate depth at the position.
The issue is sending the Bills a second-round pick in 2018.
The key is making sure this isn't only a one-year stint. Watkins is going to command top dollar in free agency next year regardless of whether he has a Pro Bowl season or not.
Not even a minute later, the Bills released details of a second trade, this one with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bills were always going to be mediocre. The likely $16 million-plus franchise tag wouldn't be a financially savvy move for Watkins, but it's also an option. At that point, you figured Watkins might not be in town much longer. "It's still early, you gotta go through the season and see how he does, but he looks wonderful".
It's something Snead is "definitely" interested in.
Just don't call it a rebuilding plan, Beane said.
"I'll take it a step further: How do you sell it to the entire team?" "Because of the age, you'd want it to be for the future as well". That was 2008, the last time they won a playoff game. "They'll all be sorted out through competition, through this process". We'll update this with more information as it becomes available. "Somebody mentioned that somebody said that out there and, quite honestly, that's annoying to me. But when the ball's in his hands, good things happen".
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.
The last time they didn't?
As for the Eagles, Matthews' departure opens the slot up for Nelson Agholor, who has by all accounts enjoyed a career rebirth in that role after a disastrous first two years in the league.