"I was very annoyed," Beane told Pro Football Talk on Tuesday. "We would not have tried to get Anquan Boldin on our team if we were tanking. We would not have tried to get Jordan Matthews -- who, if you look at his numbers in his first three years, they're pretty good. We would not have tried to get E.J. Gaines. We would have just tried to get more draft capital if we weren't worried about 2017. We're going to compete our tails off for 2017."
As NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal noted in the immediate aftermath of the trades, the Matthews and Gaines acquisitions allow the Buffalo brass to sell to the fan base that they aren't completely cashing in the 2017 season. Football fans, however, aren't teetering droolers. Bills fans, who have stuck by the team through a playoff-less streak that dates to pre-Y2K, know the score. They understand their team just shipped out two talented players for inferior replacements to get quality draft stock in return.