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Tim Graham's Hot Read: Bills jolt fans, NFL by trading No. 1 WR Sammy Watkins, top CB Ronald Darby

Tim Graham

The first two texts I received from Buffalo Bills fans after Friday's trades were announced:

"I may have to sit out this season."

"I feel like I'm going to puke."

The Bills made a pair of stunning trades that should lay to rest any lingering questions about whether General Manager Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were overseeing an organizational rebuild.

The Bills sent No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round draft choice to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick. The Bills also traded top cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick.

Blockbusters: Bills trade Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby

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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