Buffalo Bills: Brandon Beane denies trying to trade for Sammy Watkins
Buffalo Bills’ general manager Brandon Beane denied Tuesday afternoon any interest in wide receiver Sammy Watkins even though the former first round pick recently said otherwise.
There is no question that Sammy Watkins is going to go down as one of the biggest busts for the Buffalo Bills. It not only because of the fact that they selected him fourth overall, but the fact that the team traded up to get him, costing them an additional first round pick along with considering they could have selected Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr. or Aaron Donald.
The in-depth article by Tyler Dunne at Bleacher Report on Watkins’ journey since being drafted was a fascinating read and took a deep look into some of the reasons it didn’t work out for Watkins in Buffalo. However, one interesting piece that came out shortly after the article was published was that the Bills supposedly were interested in trading back for Sammy Watkins this offseason.
Dunne went on One Bills Live on Tuesday and said that Sammy Watkins had told him the Bills tried to trade for him prior to swinging a trade for Stefon Diggs. In Dunne’s article, Watkins does mention that he is in a better place and could make it work with this coaching staff in Buffalo.
"There’s no doubt in his mind: He is in control. Even when McDermott’s Bills show interest, Watkins vows he could make that work if he wanted to, easily, because he now knows how to navigate through all dark energy. But why run? Why hide?"
However, Brandon Beane quickly denied this as emphatically as he could, according to this tweet from Sal Capaccio.
The fact that the Bills would be interested in Sammy Watkins would be very surprising if true. One of the first big moves the Bills made under Beane and head coach Sean McDermott was trading Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. It wouldn’t make sense for them to try and bring back a wide receiver who still hasn’t really shown he can be a number one wide receiver, which is what this organization was looking for.
Whether there was trade discussions or note, there is no question that the Buffalo Bills ended up in a better situation with a player like Stefon Diggs and they didn’t bring Sammy Watkins back for a second stint with the team.