Eagles Trade Jordan Matthews To Bills For CB Ronald Darby

Buffalo Bills make a splash, acquire Jordan Matthews and EJ Gaines

Buffalo Bills make a splash, acquire Jordan Matthews and EJ Gaines

In a corresponding move, the Bills traded former Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams, which means Matthews will be the top option for Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

A third-year player out of Florida State, Darby was originally drafted by the Bills in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before we get into Darby and what he brings to the Eagles, let's talk about what the Eagles are losing in Matthews. Since the Eagles drafted him in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Vanderbilt, Matthews has piled up 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has two interceptions and and 33 pass deflections in two seasons. Mack Hollins, who scored a 38-yard touchdown Thursday night in Green Bay, is listed as the backup to Torrey Smith on one side, while Marcus Johnson is behind Alshon Jeffery on the other. Buffalo seems to be stockpiling picks for next year's draft.

"We're just trying to figure out the best way to build our team to consistently compete and a big part of that is trying to get the corner position right for the long term", Roseman said.

Intrigue bubbled beneath the surface with Matthews all spring and summer, as he approached the final year of his rookie deal.

On one hand, he had a "historically productive" wide receiver in Jordan Matthews, who is just one of five players in National Football League history to have at least 65 catches and 800 yards in each of his first three seasons. An unrestricted free agent after this season, Matthews was set to test the market after not getting a deal worked out with the team this offseason.

Roseman appeared to want to make sure he was not trading a player in a contract year for another player in a contract year. The Buffalo Bills also acquired a 2018 third-round pick for Matthews. Pro Football Focus had Darby as their 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.

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