ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills shook up their roster with two separate trades, dealing wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E. J. Gaines and sending cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Buffalo also continued stockpiling 2018 draft picks by acquiring a second-round selection from Los Angeles and a third-rounder from Philadelphia. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade.
The moves were announced early Friday afternoon, a day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The team’s decision to trade its top wide receiver and top cornerback continues an off-season overhaul under General Manager Brandon Beane and the team’s new coach, Sean McDermott.
Watkins’s future in Buffalo had already been in question after the Bills declined in May to pick up his fifth-year option. He is entering the final year…