Bonsignore: Sammy Watkins is Rams' gift to Jared Goff

Bonsignore: Sammy Watkins is Rams' gift to Jared Goff

Buffalo was busy on the trade front, also shipping Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Because the Rams and the Bills have new offensive schemes this year, it's tough to really evaluate how these receivers will fare in their new homes, but obviously that's not going to stop us from trying.

The 24-year-old is scheduled for free agency in the spring, meaning the Rams are taking a considerable gamble in sending Gaines and a second-round pick to Buffalo for potentially one year of Watkins if he leaves. He's a solid wide receiver. People ask about different players all the time; you never know what's serious or just bait. He ranks first in receptions (225) and third in receiving yards (2,673) among Eagles in their first three years and is one of only five players in National Football League history with 65-plus receptions and 800-plus receiving yards in each of their first three seasons, joining a club that includes Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and A.J. Green. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has a history of re-upping homegrown players early if they have been identified as part of the core.

For now, that looks like good work from first-year general manager Brandon Beane, who was a candidate for the 49ers' opening last winter before they settled on John Lynch. Manuel - neither of whom will be mistaken for Johnny Unitas - and managed to finish the year 18th in Reception NEP and 37th out 90 in Reception NEP per target among receivers with 50-plus target receivers.

Let's look at the situation in LA now, where Watkins will certainly bring some sexy to a team that wasn't lacking in that department.

Either way, it's clear the Bills were looking beyond the Watkins era after refusing to pick up his pricey option for 2018. Now, we all get the season Jared Goff had as a rookie. He completed under 55 percent of his pass attempts and threw seven touchdowns to only five touchdowns. And running back Todd Gurley - an emerging young superstar in his own right - was banged up, which put more pressure on Goff and Case Keenum to win games with their arms. Watkins has speed to stretch a defense; Austin has Devin Hester-level speed. I see the RVs pulled out here every game.

The challenge for the Bills will be whether they can curb his well-documented gunslinger tendencies.

In the final year of his rookie deal, Watkins could have left the Bills with just a third-round comp pick at the most - or he could have had a good season and the Bills could have franchised or re-signed potentially one of the league's most talented receivers.

Watkins is reunited with former Bills wideout Robert Woods in Los Angeles and is expected to fill the team's top receiver role.

The biggest victor, of course, is Goff. Sammy Watkins' ankle had been bothering him, but it was late November in 2015, and his Buffalo Bills were very much in the playoff hunt.

In dynasty, the quarterback situation got a lot brighter.

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