Blockbusters: Bills trade Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ- JANUARY 01 Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins during the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills

Turn out the lights on the Buffalo Bills' 2017 season, because it is over before it started. In return, the Eagles have acquired cornerback Ronald Darby.

Despite the production, the Eagles never got serious about working out a contract extension with Matthews, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. Gaines, as well as second- and third-round picks in 2018.

Watkins, 24, was drafted by the Bills with the fourth-overall draft pick in 2014 after Buffalo traded its first- and fourth-round picks in the following draft to the Cleveland Browns to move up the No. 4.

Watkins was already a hard player to evaluate after a disappointing, injury-plagued 2016. He played in just half of the games of the season, racking up just 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns scored.

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The Sammy Watkins trade wasn't all the Buffalo Bills had in store for their roster, though. In exchange, the Bills sent away cornerback Ronald Darby, according to ESPN. Darby instantly becomes Philadelphia's top corner. In his three years in Philadelphia, he had 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The Bills' decision to trade their top receiver and top cornerback for future draft picks signals that first-year general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott view the Bills as a long-term rebuilding project. Buffalo now has two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

While they've done it with different quarterbacks, here's a WR vs. WR comparison for the last three years between Matthews and Watkins, both part of the class of 2014. Because the Rams and the Bills have new offensive schemes this year, it's tough to really evaluate how these receivers will fare in their new homes, but obviously that's not going to stop us from trying.

Trades are pretty rare in the National Football League but nonetheless, Buffalo made a decision to shake up its roster early in training camp this season.

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