NFL News : Breaking: Former 1st-round pick traded

Breaking: Former 1st-round pick traded

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Former first-round draft choice Sammy Watkins is headed to Los Angeles. 

The Bills announced that they’ve shipped Watkins and a sixth-round draft pick to the Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft pick. 

Separately, the Bills announced that they sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for Jordan Matthews and a third-round draft pick.

Per NBC Sports, "the twin trades come out of left field and are significant for all three teams involved. But it’s the Bills who are making the biggest change, with the new regime cutting ties with Watkins, whom the previous regime considered a franchise cornerstone. This represents a significant change in Buffalo, and a pretty big change in L.A. and Philly as well."

Watkins will now be reunited with his former number two receiver Robert Woods in Los Angeles. 

Per the Buffalo News' Tim Graham, the moves also close the door tighter on the Doug Whaley era. Whaley's biggest blunder was trading the 2015 first-round pick to move up a few spots and take Watkins fourth overall in 2014, a draft that was deep at receiver.

With no 2015 first-round pick, Darby became Buffalo's top choice at 50th overall.

Watkins is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Bills previously declined his 2018 option.

Darby is under contract through 2018.

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