The Buffalo Bills aren't building for a long-shot run at snapping the franchise's lengthy playoff drought in 2017.
"I'm invested. I feel what they feel".
Asked Friday if the Bills are better off for the upcoming season after making the moves, Beane said, "you can make an argument either way". Maybe he'll improve another season removed from the ailment, but if the Bills want to deal away a receiver with foot problems, it's an odd move to swap your best cornerback for one with foot problems of his own. This month alone, the Bills signed veteran wideout Anquan Boldin - ninth in National Football League history with 1,076 career receptions.
Darby, 23, is also a full two years younger than Gaines. It was telling that he chose not to aggressively pursue a new contract with Matthews. He's a solid wide receiver. And look at the numbers they put up-on average nearly 1,100 receiving yards and 8 TDs. And he's had to play with a mix of quarterbacks in Philadelphia, so that says a lot about his versatility.
The headliner of these trades is Watkins. Matthews was incredibly prolific in his first three seasons. Goodwin dealt with injuries throughout his tenure with the Bills, but he finished third in receiving yards last season after career-highs in catches (29) and yards (431). Obviously, it was the latter all along.
The important parts of the deals, at least for fantasy owners, are Watkins going to the Rams and Matthews going to Buffalo. It didn't help that the Bills gave up so much to draft him in 2014 when there were other wide receivers - Odell Beckham Jr., to name one - available.
And that's really what this is about. Or has it? The initial reaction by Buffalo Bills' fans is that the team is tanking and that the season is over.
New head coach Sean McVay, regarded as an up-and-coming offensive savant, was hired. Among 82 corners targeted 40 or more times in 2016, Gaines ranked 58th at 8.1 yards allowed per pass, while Darby was 62nd at 8.4.
It's safe to say we're not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming National Football League season. Watkins should see ample targets and opportunities to make plays. Other safeties who played for the Bills in 2016 that aren't on the team's current roster include Robert Blanton, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks, James Ihedigbo and Sergio Brown.
The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft.
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. The 2018 draft is supposed to be deeper at quarterback.