Eagles Acquire CB Ronald Darby In A Trade From The Bills

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 12, 2017

"I'm invested. I feel what they feel".

That's all the Bills needed heading into a likely rebuilding season is a locker-room lift between a superstar player and impending free agent they just acquired.

Buffalo is now the most recent team to see the value in stocking up future draft picks for a rebuild.

In a matter of minutes Friday, the Bills dealt receiver Sammy Watkins, the former No. 4 overall draft pick who topped 1,000 yards and scored nine touchdowns in 2015, and starting cornerback Ronald Darby.

Volume and opportunity are major factors in determining fantasy value, and Matthews gets an upgrade in that department. He had over 800 yards in each of his three seasons in Philadelphia, with the Eagles sacrificing him in order to bolster their defense with Darby. As it stands, Watkins is getting a QB downgrade going from Tyrod Taylor to Jared Goff.

After these deals, the Bills now own two picks in each of the first, second and third rounds of 2018, a draft that is expected to be rich in quarterback talent.

Watkins is in the final year of his pact after the Bills failed to pick up his option, but look for the Rams to extend - or ultimately tag - a player they considered drafting back in 2014.

In May, Pagula tabbed Brandon Beane as the Bills' seventh general manager since 1999.

I applaud them for the moves. Here's a video that is just a reminder of how explosive Watkins is when he is healthy.

It is becoming clear the Bills are gearing up to build their team through the draft in 2018, and the timing of that move makes sense. It appears in both big-play ability and efficiency, the Bills will take a step back in 2017. Beane admitted that was a consideration in dealing him. But the Rams need to figure out a way to sign Watkins beyond this season.

Watkins wasn't their guy to begin with. Watkins was set to make over $13 million if the Bills were to keep him.

In a sense, this marks the official end of the Doug Whaley era. The Vanderbilt product was a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The new regime has now separated itself from the worst decision of the preceding administration. I understand where [the fans] are coming from. They want to win now, but they have to know they diminished their chances.

The Eagles haven't won a playoff game since their cornerbacks were Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown, a pair of high 2002 draft picks.

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