It’s not often in the National Football League that we see big player-for-player trades at any time of the year, let alone in training camp. The two trades made by the Buffalo Bills yesterday was even more of a rarity in that both were player-for-player trades with some draft choices thrown in.
In the first deal, Buffalo sent fourth-year wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in return for corner E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick.
Obviously, the key player in this trade is Watkins, who was the fourth overall draft choice in the 2014 Draft. Buffalo gave up a bundle to Cleveland to move up from number nine to number four in order to select Watkins. To move those five slots, Buffalo swapped first-round picks in 2014 and then gave up their first- and fourth-round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. This is a trade that should never have been made, especially by a team that hadn’t been to the playoffs in over a decade.
That said, while Watkins has been a good NFL wide receiver, he has never been great. In fact, two of the receivers taken after Watkins in the first round (Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr) have had better careers to date.
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