If guys like that, two starters including one who was a No. 4 overall draft pick just three years ago, can be dealt, then anybody is in play.
I think the biggest victor in these deals is quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Boldin, too, who after racking up 24 red-zone targets with Detroit past year, is in position to continue to be a goal-line beast while adding more work between the 20's. Colt Anderson and Shamiel Gary are the only safeties remaining from 2016 and neither is a complete lock to make the team's final roster. "Just surprised it happened so fast".
In sum, the Bills swapped cornerbacks (Gaines for Darby) and receivers (Matthews for Watson) while netting additional second- and third-round picks in 2018.
We've got a hot one coming in with the latest reactions on the news that broke today. "You get traded. It's a business and he has to understand that". For Taylor, I really don't feel there is too much of a drop off as most would think.
The moves were announced early Friday afternoon, a day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Minnesota. "I had calls from multiple teams about Sammy back to June shortly after I took over the job". If you've paid attention to professional football in your life, you undoubtedly know that Buffalo isn't a kind place to play once the snow begins to fall; deep threats are great only if you can get the ball to them. "It was a hard decision, one that we spent a lot of time discussing, but these are the conversations that have to be had".
But the Bills are investing in their future.
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Beane repeatedly said the goal for 2017 remains unchanged and the Bills want to win now, but it's obvious these moves were made for success down the road.
Upgrading the options for quarterback Jared Goff has been a priority since losing all seven starts in his disastrous rookie season, and trading former starting cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft is the boldest commitment yet to that aim.
Watkins showed hints of that potential in Buffalo. Secondly, Sean McVay is the new head coach and didn't have a weapon like Watkins on the Redskins last season.
Matthews was in exclusive company as a three-year veteran of the Eagles, posting 225 catches and 2,673 yards in his first trio of seasons with the team, but after Phialdelphia's offseason additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, not to mention a summer emergence by former first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor, Matthews was apparently deemed expendable.
Everything here is a significant advantage to Matthews, who has been a more consistent part of the offense in Philadelphia in spite of quarterback changes and has been on the field more than Watkins during the three years since they were drafted. So Tyrod will get every opportunity to lead this team, and we're all rooting for him.