Did Patriots' Stephon Gilmore Throw Shade At Ex-Team After Bills' Trades?

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

The Bills made two blockbuster moves Friday.

The Bills, who visit the Linc on Thursday, probably wouldn't have traded Darby for anything after his rookie season, when he finished second in defensive rookie of the year balloting, but like several Buffalo teammates, he dropped off dramatically in 2016, as the Rex Ryan regime flamed out. A healthy Watkins is a great weapon for the Rams.

Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick have been traded from the Eagles to the Bills in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. He's also entering a contract year, but the Bills additionally scored a third-rounder, giving them multiple picks in the first three rounds. Gaines and a second round pick.

When you are Bills #General Manager Brandon Beane these days, justifying yourself is going to be hard.

McDermott acknowledged his most hard challenge was not merely breaking the news of Watkins' departure to Taylor.

"You can't quantify with numbers what he meant to this team and to me, personally", Ertz said Saturday. We'll all definitely be watching this one closely. I have faith in coach (Sean) McDermott, I have faith in management that they made a decision based on the betterment of this team.

"This is not a throw-in-the-towel thing at all", Beane said. If we were throwing in the towel, I wouldn't have tried to get a starting receiver back.

The deals, however, involve more changes to a team with just 28 players who opened training camp on Buffalo's roster a year ago. Taylor took $10 million less to come back to Buffalo this offseason.

"On the personal side, it's tough", Wentz said Saturday.

Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills declined to pick up his fifth-year contract option in May. Watkins is going to command top dollar in free agency next year regardless of whether he has a Pro Bowl season or not. He was the 51st-overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft. Drops are an issue, but it's worth noting that Matthews has had at least 800 receiving yards in all three seasons, and he scored eight TDs in his first two campaigns.

He's dealt with a troubling number of injuries in his career, ranging from a rib issue in 2014 to a lingering foot ailment that hindered him greatly last season. However, if he serves the entire suspension or received a ruling on the appeal during the season, he will miss time. They also have selected seven wide receivers and tight ends in the past two drafts.

The first three plays of the Bills' preseason game last night were passes to Sammy Watkins.

"It's a corner-deficient league".

The move sent a shockwave through the team.

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