The Buffalo Bills made a controversial decision Tuesday when they officially decided not to pick up wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
Though the news was expected, it’s a stunning revelation considering the Bills traded their ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft along with their first- and fourth-round selections in 2015 to move up five spots to get Watkins.
Watkins, still just 23 years old, is a 6-1, 211-pound former Clemosn star that has battled a litany of injuries throughout his first three seasons in the NFL.
Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M — Eluemunor is a British native who moved to the U.S. when he was 14. He has tremendous upside as a raw talent with great strength on a 6-4, 332-pound frame. He played both guard and tackle for the Aggies and has the lateral quickness to make him versatile enough to fit into any system or blocking scheme. Because he was late to pick up football, Eluemunor still has to develop his skills but could be a longtime NFL starter.
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan — Butt tore his ACL during the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State and may have been a first-round pick if healthy. The 2016 Mackey Award winner caught 138 passes for 1,646 yards and 11 over his career. Butt he has NFL size at 6-5, 246 and should find a team willing to take a flier on him early Saturday.
Not only did he take the cruel lessons from the first failure to heart, but those lessons are at the core of his public-speaking business, Ogden Speaking Academy.
“Today,” Ogden told Sporting News, describing his general subject matter, “I’m kind of like, ‘There are things I didn’t do correctly.’ All the things I talk about, that I tell clients not to do, I did them myself.”