They gave up a top-100 pick in next year's draft, but were able to address an area of need with Darby, especially as rookie Sidney Jones works his way back from the ruptured Achilles suffered at his pro day workout.
General manager Brandon Beane said Friday he had been receiving trade calls about Watkins since Beane was hired in May, days after the Bills declined Watkins' fifth-year contract option for 2018. Tavon Austin's outlook remains the same considering his role isn't that of a traditional wide receiver. The company? Evans and Odell Beckham - notably drafted behind Watkins in 2014 - plus Randy Moss, A.J. Green, Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins.
STEELERS 20, GIANTS 12: In East Rutherford, New Jersey, rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs threw a 28-yard touchdown pass and Chris Boswell kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Pittsburgh the lead for good in an exhibition win over NY.
Watkins has been dealing with a foot injury that limited the wide receiver to just eight games previous year after having an operation to fix a broken foot. In L.A., Watkins will join ex-Buffalo teammate Robert Woods, a free-agent signee of the Rams, as rookie coach Sean McVay overhauls their offense. The reason this is confusing is because Boldin has been a slot wide receiver nearly exclusively over the last two years playing over 70 percent of his snaps there.
Coming off the books in 2018 is defensive tackle Kyle Williams - who has a $7.4 million annual average salary - and center Eric Wood, who is likely to be replaced and on the wrong side of 30 averaging more than $6.3 million per season.
Shady McCoy will remain a key component of their passing game as well, and we already mentioned Boldin. By that metric, Darby was 12th at 59 percent, while Gaines was 82nd at just 32 percent.
McCoy has grown close to Watkins over the past two years, serving as a mentor to the young receiver. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams' most improved area. Part of Gaines's struggles in 2016 could be from his return from a Lisfranc injury that cost him the entire 2015 season. For Buffalo, they can't be ignored, because they look like the main motivation for these moves.
Because, as the numbers show, it won't be. The Bills now have two 2018 first-rounders, two 2018 second-rounders and two 2018 third-rounders.
Nice little victory for the Eagles, too. While we waited for a verdict on Ezekiel Elliott's 2017 season from the National Football League to continue our rankings, the Buffalo Bills made a decision to shake up the receiver rankings at the same time. The latest Bills news and rumors have indicated that the team participated in two different trades as of Friday.
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That's why we signed Wayne, expecting to show his team-mates all that experience and it was really important. Rooney and fellow new signing Sandro Ramirez (formerly of Malaga) will lead the attack for the Toffees .