The art of the trade in the NFL is somewhat of a rarity. Very seldom is it ever pulled off… let alone 2 deals involving 3 teams. The sport is dominated by the draft and offseason free agency, so when football fans see a player swap of this magnitude, they have reason to get squirrely. Let’s get to the details because the Rumblin’ Bumblin’ Buffalo Bills have pulled off the trades of the year (THUS FAR).
The Bills have agreed to terms with the L.A. Rams by sending WR Sammy Watkins to the city of angels in exchange for CB E.J. Gaines and a 2nd round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Bills have also agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles by sending CB Ronald Darby to Philly in exchange for Jordan Matthews and a 3rd round pick in 2018.
Buffalo Bills: With hard ass Sean McDermott taking the reigns in Buffalo, an impactful personnel moved seems logical, (ya gotta have the right dudes to fit the right scheme). A very minimal impact will be felt at cornerback and a slight downgrade at receiver is how I look at it. Jordan Matthews will be the presumed #1, but a slot wide receiver as the go-to-guy usually doesn’t work out too well unless you play in New England. As for E.J. Gaines, he will continue to play lockdown on the outside unless he can’t adapt to harsh winters in Western New York. For the Buffalo Bills, I don’t consider this trade a win or a loss because it can’t be logically graded until around the 2020 season. I can’t say I agree with sending your ‘”star” wideout and number one corner away from Orchard Park. But on the other hand, what’s an 18th straight playoffless season? It can’t get any worse. The stockpile of 6 picks within the first 3 rounds of next years draft will prove how well this franchise progresses over the next decade. But until then Bills Mafia can tip another PBR back and smash another pong table because this season sure ain’t gonna be a pretty one.
Philadelphia Eagles: Per the circumstances, the Eagles made out better immediately in this entire wheel and deal session. With cornerbacks slated to start by the names of Patrick Robinson and Jalen Mills, the ball hawks not named Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLoud, the defensive backs were shaping up like a NCAA roster. Pro Bowl CB Ronald Darby certainly does the trick, especially with a defensive front that just added Timmy Jernigan to apply pressure. As for the receivers, the offseason signings of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith made JMatt expendable. I haven’t quite jumped on the Nelson Agholor or rookie Mack Hollins hype train this offseason so the team may struggle a bit out of the slot. But as for now, the Eagles definitely became more competitive in a tough NFC East with star wideouts Dez Bryant and OBJ playing against them twice a year.
L.A. Rams: Jared Goff is smiling somewhere. Up until this point his only target was the speedy Tavon Austin and now he gets the oft- injured, yet potential breakout in his contract year, Sammy Watkins. While I’m a firm believer the Rams will still suck and that they should go back to St. Louis, they’re offense will most certainly improve with Sammy running routes for the sophomore gunslinger.
Sammy Watkins: The true winner of the day was #14. He went from a shitty team in Buffalo to a shitty team on the West Coast. I’m sure he won’t mind walking the beaches Huntington and Malibu and scouting hunnies instead of shoveling his driveway after a 6 inch blizzard in mid February.