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May 8, 2014

Bold draft move by the Bills

Buffalo trades with Cleveland for fourth overall pick WR Sammy Watkins

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NEW YORK CITY —

The Bills have been busy stocking up on receivers. They selected Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin with second- and third-round picks last year. Buffalo also made a trade with Tampa Bay last month to acquire Mike Williams.
Watkins' addition opens questions about returning starter Stevie Johnson's future with the team.
Whaley declined to answer questions about Johnson, saying the day's focus was about Watkins.
Buffalo went 6-10 and showed the predictable signs of inconsistency that followed a major overhaul that occured last offseason. Buffalo switched coaches, with Doug Marrone taking over after Chan Gailey was fired, purged many of its veterans and then started fresh on offense by selecting Manuel with the 16th pick.
Buffalo finished with six wins for a third consecutive year, ended fourth in the AFC East for a sixth consecutive year, and extended its string of losing seasons to nine dating to a 9-7 finish in 2004.
The Bills only have only five picks left. Buffalo is next scheduled to pick 41st overall, in the second round set for Friday.
It's also the first Bills draft since Ralph Wilson — the team's owner and founder — died in March. The Bills will be put up for sale, raising concerns the franchise could eventually relocate.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to express optimism the Bills will remain in Buffalo in an interview with ESPN about an hour before the draft began.
"We want to keep our teams in their current markets," Goodell said. "But in particular, I think the Bills' fans have demonstrated their passion and their support for the team."
Goodell then reiterated what he said a day earlier, by noting a new stadium would help secure the team's long-term future.

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