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Buffalo Bills were interested in Sammy Watkins before Stefon Diggs trade, per report

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GM Brandon Beane denies the report.

The Buffalo Bills were interested in bringing back former top draft pick Sammy Watkins this offseason, he told Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. The Bills eventually traded for Stefon Diggs and Watkins re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Buffalo famously traded up for Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was often injured, didn’t rehab properly, didn’t take the game seriously, and wasn’t effective in Buffalo. By his own admission, he did not do what he was supposed to and was glad he was shipped out.

Watkins was scheduled to enter free agency this offseason and, as we know, the Bills were interested in adding a top-flight receiver. They traded for Stefon Diggs before they got the chance to consider Watkins. Bills general manager Brandon Beane wasn’t allowed to speak with Watkins or his agent about coming to Buffalo prior to the legal tampering period. Beane denied the report to WGR 550’s Sal Capaccio.

“That’s 100% false. 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,” emphatically stated Beane, who would face consequences from the league had he engaged in those conversations outside of the building.

Dunne responded, saying he didn’t see the need for Watkins to make it up.