The Bills have signed the No. 4 overall draft pick to a rookie contract. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills have signed No. 4 overall draft pick Sammy Watkins, the team announced Wednesday.
The team traded next year’s first- and fourth-round picks to move up five spots in this year's draft and take Watkins. The wide receiver out of Clemson had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior year before forgoing his senior season of eligibility to enter the draft.
Bills management insisted they didn't move up in the draft because of the impending sale of the team -- a sale that could be coming by the end of the month, according to Tim Graham from The Buffalo News.
Selecting Watkins was exclusively a football move, Bills management said.
“It has nothing to do with the future,” CEO Russ Brandon told NFL.com, “It is everything about the future is now. Everything is about winning. I know it’s a cliché. It has not one iota of an impact on who the future owner may be.”PHOTOS: 2015 NFL Mock Draft