McCoy argued there is "obviously a difference" between Watkins and Matthews, adding: "If you compare the two, it's obvious you can agree who is better."
Either way, it's clear the Bills were looking beyond the Watkins era after refusing to pick up his pricey option for 2018.
The wideout was likely to leave in free agency, prompting the Bills to engineer Friday's two-headed-trade that netted a 2018 second-rounder from Los Angeles and a 2018 third-rounder from Philly to pair with the first-rounder Buffalo received from Kansas City in the April swap that allowed the Chiefs to move up in the draft and grab quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
McCoy, however, isn't buying any of that as a reason to cut bait with a talented teammate like Watkins.
"I don't know. The good thing about that is it's past my pay grade," Shady said of Buffalo's organizational approach. "Those guys make the decisions for our team. As players and coaches, they coach and we play. That's how it works."
McCoy might not like it, but this new Bills regime inherited a mess. Cleaning it up will take time and cause pain along the way toward what they hope will be something this team hasn't been in many years: a playoff contender.