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Bills trade up with Browns, take Sammy Watkins


In the first trade of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills moved up five spots with Cleveland to take Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 overall selection.

The Bills paid a huge price to move up from No. 9. In addition to giving up the ninth pick, Buffalo surrendered its No. 1 selection in 2015, as well as a fourth-rounder in 2015, to take Watkins, regarded as one of the draft’s top offensive playmakers.

The Browns now have the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in Round One.

Watkins figures an immediate starter in a Bills receiving corps that already features Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.

The Bills’ deal for Watkins is reminiscent of the Falcons move for wideout Julio Jones three years ago. The Falcons’ trade partner, as you may recall, was Cleveland, which added a 2012 first-round pick when trading out of the No. 6 spot.

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47 Responses to “Bills trade up with Browns, take Sammy Watkins”
  1. jjackwagon says: May 8, 2014 8:40 PM

    Big move Bills. No Watkins for Oakland, so I predict they will take Mack.

  2. billsncowboys says: May 8, 2014 8:40 PM

    SOOOOOOOOO STOKED TO SEE THIS GUY IN A BILLS JERSEY! Great feeling as a bills fan right now!

  3. ourempirestrikesback says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    The Browns just fleeced the Bills. Wow.

  4. kwjsb says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    1st and 4th?
    Not enough

  5. irvfin3 says: May 8, 2014 8:41 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAMN MY team has to see this guy twice a season! Why Cleveland?!?!?

  6. wawa33 says: May 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    Buffalo is nuts; that is way too much to give up.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    Watkins will be a play maker for the Bills. Good move.

  8. zackattack006 says: May 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    Great trade for both teams!!

  9. scoops1 says: May 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    Jets better be drafting a CB

  10. r00tabaga says: May 8, 2014 8:42 PM

    Thank you God

    -longtime Bills fan

  11. supermanium says: May 8, 2014 8:44 PM

    Great trade for Bills. They still have #2 this year.
    New owner needs to see improvement this year to keep them around.

  12. rukkus1 says: May 8, 2014 8:44 PM

    Watkins is a stud!

  13. nflfollower says: May 8, 2014 8:44 PM

    Too much. Good for the brownies

  14. jakec4 says: May 8, 2014 8:44 PM

    Have to admire the Bills for such a shrewd move, but man that is a steep price to move up five spots .

  15. brudog says: May 8, 2014 8:45 PM


  16. mz1394 says: May 8, 2014 8:46 PM

    So Cleveland gets 2 picks in the top 3 next year !!!! Great for them

  17. rajbais says: May 8, 2014 8:46 PM

    Johnson will be gone.

  18. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 8, 2014 8:46 PM

    Can’t-miss player. Great pick.

  19. danmarinos1stlovechild says: May 8, 2014 8:47 PM

    Who is the Bill’s QB again?

  20. rodh32340 says: May 8, 2014 8:48 PM

    Wow, gave up a lot for a good WR….is he Julio Jones?

  21. BED MAN OKC says: May 8, 2014 8:48 PM

    How very Cleveland of Biffalo

  22. kingofthenorth92 says: May 8, 2014 8:48 PM

    Was it just me or did Watkins not look too thrilled while holding that Bills jersey??

  23. coldwater32301 says: May 8, 2014 8:48 PM

    Just my opinion but I don’t think Watkins wanted to go to Buffalo… Don’t blame him…lol

  24. thelastwordyaheard says: May 8, 2014 8:49 PM

    Sammy could never come out ahead of Clowney in college either..

  25. ballboy48 says: May 8, 2014 8:51 PM

    BUF got fleeced. This years WR class is so deep, and I am puzzled as to why they gave up so much to move 5 spots. Watkins is a good WR, but mortgaging your future on one player, could be detrimental.

  26. kwjsb says: May 8, 2014 8:51 PM

    If Gordon Falters.. we are in for our annual 2 steps back

  27. juliusanonymous says: May 8, 2014 8:53 PM

    Wow. Buffalo gives up any shot at a franchise QB in next year’s draft, and wastes this year’s 1st rounder on a WR with nobody to throw him the ball.

    Did Matt Millen take over the Bills?

  28. nflsecurity862 says: May 8, 2014 8:54 PM

    Wow! Browns got a great deal there. What are the Bills thinking?

  29. bick54 says: May 8, 2014 8:55 PM

    You pay that much for a WR in THIS draft?

    Seriously…dude looked like he was going to throw up back in the green room before he came on stage.

  30. kwjsb says: May 8, 2014 8:56 PM

    If Gordon falters and gets a year off the Browns will take their annual 2 steps back, a #1 and #4 was not enough, The Jones trade for #6 was 2-#1′s a 2nd and 2-4ths

  31. douchebigelow says: May 8, 2014 8:56 PM

    Hope he likes Toronto

  32. livnlrge says: May 8, 2014 8:58 PM

    Well out of the thousands of mock drafts…no one had this one…tells you two things…mocks are useless and the experts can’t see around corners…

  33. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 8, 2014 8:59 PM

    Im officially done with the Browns after another bonehead move. This is why they are 4-12 and 5-11 every damn year

  34. bgm9876 says: May 8, 2014 9:00 PM

    Kingofthenorth Watkins grew up a Bills fan. king of the south

  35. egodz51 says: May 8, 2014 9:03 PM

    Bills are gonna dump Stevie Johnson and recoup a pick. In the end, the price they paid won’t be as much.

    Stay tuned…

  36. billsbackto81 says: May 8, 2014 9:15 PM

    You guys really drinking the haterade! Watkins grew up a Bills fan. And for you math gurus, they didnt give up two #1’s. They SWAPPED first round 1’s and gave up 1 next year along with a 4th. Not that bad a deal for the consensus best WR in the draft. I would have preferred Mack, but I don’t hate the pick. Good trade on both sides.

  37. wwwmattcom says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    Bills fleeced the Browns. Come on, its the browns, if course they were fleeced.

  38. billsbackto81 says: May 8, 2014 9:22 PM

    Robert Woods
    Stevie Johnson
    Marquise Goodwin
    Sammy Watkins
    Mike Williams

    Say what you want haters. JaMarcus Russell can get to the playoffs with that group! EJ will be just fine!

  39. braddavery says: May 8, 2014 9:26 PM

    Watkins doesn’t want to be a Bill? lol You people are clueless. He is a freaking Bills fan. Why bother posting about things you don’t know a thing about.

  40. ralphwilsonisrich says: May 8, 2014 9:32 PM

    Alot of speed on this team. Time to make a run with this group

  41. bonerchamp says: May 8, 2014 10:59 PM

    This almost makes me forget about the Maybin pick……almost!

  42. lewiscafarella says: May 8, 2014 11:52 PM

    I am absolutely thrilled with this pick. We will be juuuuuust fine… #BillsMafia

  43. djshnooks says: May 9, 2014 12:07 AM

    My old roommate in South Carolina, who is a Clemson and Dolphins fan, called right after the pick…and he was peeeesed off.

    Dude is gonna be a stud.

    This isn’t the same old Bills.

    And again…they’re going nowhere! 😉

  44. catquick says: May 9, 2014 12:13 AM

    If the pick next year would have been a Troup, Maybin or Flowers, It’s a grand slam. In a 4 wideout set, someone has to be open. It will leave the running game running wild also. Who do you watch? Who? With a full preseason under his belt sans very MINOR injuries, EJ will be the guy they thought he could be. He looked great at certain times last year. Now, rookie is behind him. Seasoned and ready. A tackle in the 2nd and the rest of the AFC east, including NE, cannot be happy about this. If the Defense stays solid(they look better than last year), watch out for the Bills

  45. ecnc30 says: May 9, 2014 6:44 AM

    Watkins looked Less than thrilled when he heard he was going to have to go to the mistake by the lake. Just play three years kid, watch the playoffs on TV and have your agent get you to a real team.

  46. rupp246 says: May 9, 2014 4:08 PM

    You give up what they gave up when you are a player away to win in the playoffs. The bills aren’t even close to that, they will regret this at next years draft.

  47. myfriendbobsacamano says: May 9, 2014 11:34 PM

    he’ll play for Buffalo, which makes him irrelevant because they have no QB, hence – career over… sorry turd team & town. poor guy, feel bad for him

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