Brandon Beane denies Bills had interest in bringing back Sammy Watkins

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Bills General Manager Brandon Beane is denying a claim from Sammy Watkins that the Bills explored the possibility of bringing Watkins back to Buffalo this year.

Watkins told Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com that the Bills, who drafted Watkins in 2014 and traded him to the Rams in 2017, were interested in Watkins this year before he signed a new contract with the Chiefs. But Beane told Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 that it never happened.

That’s 100 percent false,” Beane said. “We never spoke to Sammy Watkins or any of his representation about trading for him. Secondly, we never discussed him with anyone in our building that matters. End of discussion.”

The Bills wanted to upgrade at wide receiver this offseason, and they did so by trading for Stefon Diggs. But Beane is taking issue with any talk that a reunion with Watkins was ever on the table. From Beane’s comments, it sounds like Watkins would not be welcomed back in Buffalo.

29 responses to “Brandon Beane denies Bills had interest in bringing back Sammy Watkins

  1. Actually, he wanted to come to play with DC4 in order to win two Super Bowls in a row.

    In Mayock we trust.

  2. “Secondly, we never discussed him with anyone in our building that matters. End of discussion.”

    With anyone that matters? I don’t know anything about this guy, but this comment makes him sound like a serious tool.

  3. Watkins has his infamous failure to complete a long touchdown catch in his rookie year where he was hit and he fumbled and lost the ball. Watkins is one of those players still who is a 20/80 player – he has 20 percent effort and 80 percent excuses. I would also hardly call having Diggs as an upgrade. He makes plays and then he makes you pay for his time on the team. He is a cancer of the first order.

  4. fansincebirth says:
    May 13, 2020 at 10:31 am
    Dear Brandon Bean: thanks for trading Sammy Watkins. Signed…..all Bills fans!!
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    Dear Brandon Bean: thanks for trading Sammy Watkins. Signed…Chiefs fans!!

  5. These players must be bored out of there minds, Hmmm let me start a rumor and see how far it goes

  6. fansincebirth says:
    May 13, 2020 at 10:31 am
    Dear Brandon Bean: thanks for trading Sammy Watkins. Signed…..all Bills fans!!
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    Sammy would like to thank you too, he’s excited about getting a ring for the other hand.

  7. All these Chiefs fans are making me laugh… Sammy is hot garbage, keep him. Everyone gets a ring who is on the team, what a silly claim

  8. Sammy had 600 plus yards receiving last year. Diggs has had back to back 1000 receiving yards. Adv. Buffalo

  9. Sammy Watkins has a lot of natural talent. He showed flashes of it in Buffalo, including a game where he had 151 Yds and 2 TDs against KC in the first half.( Rex Ryan was Coach so they stopped throwing to him in the 2nd half and he finished with 158 yds) Playing for Doug Marone and then Rex Ryan made a lot of players unhappy. Sammy seems to have matured a little from his days in Buffalo. There is New Coach with McDermott who has works well with Beane to build a team first culture. Sammy is not a good culture fit. I’m certain Beane never had any interest in him. Best of Luck to Sammy.

  10. *“Secondly, we never discussed him with anyone in our building that matters. End of discussion.”

    With anyone that matters? I don’t know anything about this guy, but this comment makes him sound like a serious tool.*
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    Disagree. The comment makes him sound like they didn’t want him again ever. “… never discussed him with anyone in our building that matters” is a blatant diss.

  11. Considering he has 4244 yards in 6 seasons, even if the Bills had brought him back it would not have been for the ridiculous amount of money the Chiefs gave him. He’s clearly not a #1 receiver even though KC pays him like one. I also doubt the Bills were even interested because Watkins production vs. cost doesn’t match up, not to mention his injury history.

  12. Ask Beane about how many draft choices he gave up for Diggs (and what he could have had in the draft instead).
    You’re assured to get a quick “End of discussion”.

  13. “All these Chiefs fans are making me laugh… Sammy is hot garbage, keep him. Everyone gets a ring who is on the team, what a silly claim”
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    Spoken like someone who probably didn’t watch very much of what Sammy did this past season. In KC, he’s been a team guy and the perfect #2 WR in the offense. He was a very valuable contributor all season and showed up huge in the playoffs and SB.

    Definitely not hot garbage.

  14. Watkins story is similar to Marshawn Lynch in that they had some growing up to do. It was best for both parties to part, Bills did get a 2nd round pick + EJ Gaines for Watkins, I consider fair value.

  15. I don’t understand why a GM would feel the need to dispute rumors. I don’t think the majority of intelligent people believe 10% of the rumors anyway. Unless the Bills were trying to bring him back. I’d tend to believe a GM isn’t being honest when he feels the need to dispute something publicly.

  16. May 13, 2020 at 10:31 am
    Dear Brandon Bean: thanks for trading Sammy Watkins. Signed…..all Bills fans!!
    ——————————————————————————

    Dear Brandon Bean: thanks for trading Sammy Watkins. Signed…Chiefs fans!!
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    Dear Cheifs Fan: We traded him for a pick to the Rams. You signed him to a FA deal in which he never played anywhere close to the $$$ he signed for. So …..your welcome?

  17. A lot of of problems Watkins faced in buffalo were of his own doing, but I still feel bad for the guy. Glad he’s happy where he is currently. But the reaction from beane is probably more a personal response than it is of him trying to shoot down rumors. Sammy was not a team player while in buffalo and had taken any chance he’s had to take shots at buffalo. Beane is making it known that Watkins wouldn’t be welcome even for league minimum. Less about talent and more about not wanting Sammy anywhere near the roster.

  18. joetoronto says:
    May 13, 2020 at 10:25 am
    Actually, he wanted to come to play with DC4 in order to win two Super Bowls in a row.

    In Mayock we trust.
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    In Mayock we trust, that Derek Carr is a bust.

  19. Mr Glass had a great Superbowl…Where was he for a good portion of the season? Sitting on the sideline, as usual. Part of ability is availability.

  20. Beane is lying. The key phrase was “we didn’t talk to anyone about trading for him”, the Bill’s could of signed him outright.
    Beane should be fired.

  21. ay 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    Ask Beane about how many draft choices he gave up for Diggs (and what he could have had in the draft instead).
    You’re assured to get a quick “End of discussion”.

    Actually what he gave up equates to moving up about 4 spots. And who was he getting at 22 that will be better than Diggs? The mid round picks he traded were from other teams for trading Russell bodine and Wyatt teller so how bad was this trade?

  22. Poetic justice would be the Bills finally capturing the East, KC winning the West again (5 years running). Possible now that Gronk and the GOAT are out of that division.

    Being seeded 2 and 1, playing for the AFC championship in Arrowhead (for the 3rd straight year), and KC bombing Buffalo right outta town as payback for 1993 AFCC game.

    Watkins goes off on former team with 3 TD grabs as Chiefs hang 40+ on the beast from the East, before repeating as SB winner in February.

    Maybe Josh Allen’s helmet bounces hard off the field turf at Arrowhead and he’s replaced in the 3rd quarter by whomever is the Bill’s backup QB.

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