Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Jordan Matthews Traded to the Bills

Jordan Matthews Traded to the Bills

Buffalo needed a wide receiver to replace Sammy Watkins, who they traded to the Los Angeles Rams earlier today.

They dealt their most productive receiver the last three years, Jordan Matthews, to the Buffalo Bills and also sent a 2018 third-round pick to get cornerback Ronald Darby, a deal that will help them much more in the short and long term.

Matthews was in exclusive company as a three-year veteran of the Eagles, posting 225 catches and 2,673 yards in his first trio of seasons with the team, but after Phialdelphia's offseason additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, not to mention a summer emergence by former first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor, Matthews was apparently deemed expendable.

Darby was taken by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Darby, 23, is expected to immediately start for the Eagles, leaving Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, rookie Rasul Douglas and Ron Brooks to compete for two other spots.

Former Eagles second-round pick Jordan Matthews didn't seem to be a part of the team's long-term plans, and now it's official.

Matthews was Philadelphia's leading receiver in 2015 with 85 receptions for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.

Sammy Watkins' yards per reception rate over the last 3 seasons is the 4th-best in the National Football League (min. 100 catches over that stretch).

Darby was a five-star recruit out of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, considered the best player in the state of Maryland and by some services as the top cornerback prospect. He had 69 tackles with 12 pass breakups last season.

Last season, with Wentz under center and head coach Doug Pederson calling the plays, Matthews led the team with 117 targets. Interestingly, Matthews was in the same draft class as Watkins. Overall, the Bills have six picks in the first three rounds. Both Matthews and Gaines are entering the final season of their contracts, so it's possible neither will have an extended future in Buffalo.

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