Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Friday, August 11, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
The Bills let go of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby this afternoon, in trades with the Rams and the Eagles which netted them a few draft picks, as well as CB EJ Gaines and WR Jordan Matthews in return. Following the two moves, Buffalo Bills fans went crazy, and claimed these trades signify a ‘tank’ mindset for the Bills in 2017.
However, the team’s GM vehemently disagrees with the fans – and made his stance clear during today’s afternoon press conference – which was broadcast on WGR 550 am.
“People forget that we just signed Boldin,” remarked Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane. “This isn’t a throw in the towel move. You don’t know me if you think I’m throwing in the towel.”
What the naysayers are reading incorrectly when it comes to today’s transactions, is what the Bills gave up in order to get two above-average players, along with a couple draft picks, was nothing of great value.
Sammy Watkins has consistently underperformed throughout his time in Buffalo, not to mention his injury issues, and Ronald Darby – albeit a solid corner – became more-expendable with the introduction of the zone-based coverage which is featured within Sean McDermott’s defense.
These were two players who the Bills felt that they could afford to give up, and to make matters better, the return which they received was nothing to shake a stick at.
“This trade is a piece of planning for the future,” said Bills HC Sean McDermott just minutes ago during his own press conference from One Bills Dr. “In order to sustain success in this league, you need to build through the draft.”
In the long run, the Bills are building for the future. There is no denying that. But to say this move is a ‘tank’ move is just dumb.
In my mind, the Bills are in the same position to win as they were 24 hrs ago.
This trade is not a throw in the towel move.
Other articles you may like: