The Buffalo Bills are clearly rebuilding their roster under newly appointed general manager Brandon Beane and first-year head coach Sean McDermott and pulled the trigger on two major trades just one day after their first preseason game.
The Bills shipped former first-round pick Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round draft selection, both teams announced Friday.
🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨#Rams acquire WR Sammy Watkins from the Bills.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 11, 2017
Both Gaines and Watkins are entering the final years of their rookie contracts this upcoming season, as Buffalo’s front office elected not to pick up the receiver’s fifth-year option this offseason.
The Bills also traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 11, 2017
The Eagles likely felt confident moving on from Matthews after acquiring wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency this offseason, and clearly were looking bolster their secondary prior to the start of the regular season.
While the Bills have a roster that should be able to compete in 2017, Beane is clearly building toward the future in Buffalo.
After Friday’s trades the Bills now hold two first-round selections, two second-round picks, and two third-round selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.