The Bills startled their fan-base with two major trades on Friday afternoon, jettisoning wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Los Angeles and defensive back Ronald Darby to Philadelphia.
While Buffalo received starters at both positions, as well as draft picks, in return, local football fans reacted passionately on social media - many negatively, but others were more optimistic about the direction of the franchise.
Read more coverage on the trade at The Buffalo News' Bills page after taking in some of the Twitter reaction, below.
— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) August 12, 2017
— Duffy on WCMF (@DuffyOnWCMF) August 12, 2017
This is why the #Bills don't do paper season tickets. Can't promise the players on them will make it to week 1
— Patrick (@McBPJ) August 11, 2017
The only #Bills fans hurting today are the ones delusional enough to think we'd win this season. Which was me.
— Nick Pod (@nickpod44) August 11, 2017
— Ryan Mura (@RyanMura) August 11, 2017
— Luke Rebello (@L_Rebell) August 11, 2017
The Bills make me want to shout....obscenities.
— John McWhinnie (@J_McWhinnie) August 11, 2017
BREAKING: Bills trade Tyrod Taylor and Marcel Dareus to Kenmore West for a $50 Duffs gift card
— Matt Dibble (@MattDibble20) August 11, 2017
I think I need to make the Bills a smaller part of my life
— Grant Johnson (@GrantJohnson134) August 11, 2017
Being a Bills fan is like telling a girl you love her as she jumps off a cliff.
— Greg Bauch (@gregorybauch) August 11, 2017
Being a Bills fan is like watching Game of Thrones. Noooobody is safe
— Ben Rein (@Benjamin_Rein) August 11, 2017
The two Jets vs Bills games should not be televised this year
— E (@eforster12) August 11, 2017
Isn't Sammy on the Bills season ticket box? lol Oh boy.
— Dylan Wonka (@DylanNowakArt) August 11, 2017
At this point we might as well release Tyrod and start Peterman and go full tank. #Bills
— JD 🌹 (@Jdutchy) August 11, 2017
the Bills make me wanna drink
— Cassie Nicole (@cassie_szymczak) August 11, 2017
BREAKING: Bills trade Tyrod Taylor for 8 bags of black beans, a gallon of Rocket Sauce, and a Saints 3rd rounder. #SammyWatkins
— lloyd Taco Trucks (@whereslloyd) August 11, 2017
Very weird feeling to know the #Bills season is over in August. Usually we don't have this feeling until, like, November.
— Christine Szudzik (@supergirlsudz) August 11, 2017
IM NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING
— Mike Rusher (@mjrusher) August 11, 2017
You'd think the Bills moved to Toronto with some of these Twitter reactions
— Rich Kowalski (@ByRichKowalski) August 11, 2017
JUST IN: Bills cut Tyrod Taylor and Shady McCoy, pick up Jamarcus Russell and the guy who cleans the bathrooms at my office.
— Patrick (@PJHarfouche) August 11, 2017
I was really hoping to add to my pile of useless jerseys. Thanks Bills!
— eric hickman (@ehizzle8) August 11, 2017
I might just skip this bills season and watch the NBA😭😭😭
— Lil Fish 🦍 (@RealRobLamont) August 11, 2017
Some Bills fans (and media) looked on the positive side - or at least had a sense of humor without outright negativity:
— Chris Rodman (@Rodster_93) August 11, 2017
But, for real, I don’t have much of an issue with a new regime looking at the constant stench in the organization and just nuking it #Bills
— Dylan Stebbins (@DylanStebbins) August 11, 2017
good news is the bills have an EJ again. Felt empty without one
— Hamms (@hamms317) August 11, 2017
Taking a quick break from updating the trade story to say I'm not sure this qualifies as "tanking." Matthews and Gaines can play. #Bills
— Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) August 11, 2017
If Bills fans can look at the big picture, they will be thanking these trades in two years. Plus they are getting two starters in return
— Ryan Niedermeier (@sabresfan_32) August 11, 2017
"Losing preseason games will NOT be tolerated!" - Beane/McDermott #Bills
— Michael Anthony (@BillsBusCaptain) August 11, 2017
Bills tryna be sneaky and trade Watkins during this Zeke news. Nah bruh. We'll always remember you trading up for him & passing on OBJ&Evans
— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) August 11, 2017
I own 3 bills jerseys. Ej, Sammy and Darby lmao
— nick brunner (@brundigity5) August 11, 2017
Soooo wait ... Holmes wore #81 ... then Boldin is #81 ... what is Jordan Matthews going to wear now !?!? Sooooo confused! #Bills
— ryE (@MrStinkyMaN) August 11, 2017
Who got the worst end of this trade? Sammy Watkins. He now has to play for the Rams in a contract year. Yikes.
— Dave DeLuca (@ByDaveDeLuca) August 11, 2017
— Ryan Mura (@RyanMura) August 11, 2017
— Jim White (@strengthessntls) August 11, 2017