By Zach Bates:
After the Buffalo Bills traded Sammy Watkins earlier in the day, the team needed to fill his void. Thus, the Philadelphia Eagles traded Jordan Matthews to Buffalo in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby and a third-round draft pick.
Darby, a 23-year, played 29 games for the Bills over the last two season racking up just two interceptions and 137 tackles while allowing 45 catches on 75 targets in 2016, giving up three touchdowns and not making a single interception. He is ranked 45th by Pro Football Focus, two under the starting cornerback from last year, Nolan Carroll.
Matthews on the other hand had three pretty good seasons with the Birds, catching 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdown. It’s important to note he missed just two games over the three years and totaled more catches in his first three years than any other receiver in team history.
This move will make the Eagles lose their most reliable receiver and Carson Wentz‘s favorite target. In agreement with NJ.com’s Elliot Shorr-Parks, “The trade of Matthews seems to go against what executive vice president of player personnel Howie Roseman has preached all offseason — building around Wentz and putting receivers around him with whom he can grow.”