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If there was any doubt that the new regime in Buffalo was intent on remaking the team in its image, those doubts were put to bed Friday, when the Bills made a pair of trades that shook up the roster on both sides of the ball.

First, as the Bills announced, Buffalo sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick.

The wheeling and dealing wasn’t done. The Bills also swung a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, shipping cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick.

Darby, who was a second-round pick of the Bills in 2015, played well as a rookie but struggled last season. Watkins was an even bigger disappointment—the talented but oft-injured former No. 4 overall pick the Bills traded an extra first-rounder to move up for and draft back in 2014. The Bills had already declined Watkins’ fifth-year option for 2018, but his sudden departure was still a surprise.

New Buffalo GM Brandon Beane vehemently denied the moves were a white flag from the team in 2017.

“This is not a throw-in-the-towel thing at all,” Beane told reporters. “Somebody mentioned that somebody said that out there, and honestly, that’s annoying to me. You don’t know me if you think I’m throwing in the towel. When I go out there and play pingpong, whatever I’m doing, I’m not throwing in the towel. If we’re throwing in the towel, we’re not trying to get a starting receiver back.”

The argument can be made that in refusing to pick up his option, the Bills had already passed judgment on Watkins’

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