Eagles trade Jordan Matthews to Buffalo for CB

Posted August 12, 2017

In another blockbuster move, the Bills have acquired Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick from the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby.

Darby, the Bills' second-round draft pick in 2015, appeared in 29 games for Buffalo over the last two seasons. The Bills previously acquired the Kansas City Chiefs' first-round pick in trading down during the 2017 draft to select cornerback Tre'Davious White at No. 27.

Matthews has been the best slot receiver in the National Football League over the past three seasons, pulling in more yards from the slot than any other player. He's received just 42 targets while playing on the outside, accumulating 27 receptions for 284 yards and one touchdown on those targets. He intercepted two passes as a rookie with the Bills and started 14 games in 2016, logging 69 tackles and deflecting 12 passes.

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He joins a secondary that lacks top-notch cornerbacks.

Matthews is dealt to Buffalo just moments after news surfaced that the Bills traded top wideout Sammy Watkins to the Rams.

Taylor took a $10 million pay cut in March to stay with the Bills, saying at the time he was putting his trust in management to fill in pieces around him after Taylor dealt with a lackluster group of receivers over his first two seasons as the starter.

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Jones was already our pick for Buffalo's breakout player this year, but his outlook improves even more now. The VP added that he would not have done the deal if the player they were getting back had only one year left on his contract. Something has got to give, and it's got to be Matthews playing on the perimeter.

The Bills' front office was boosted by an offseason regime change that saw first-year coach Sean McDermott get more say in personnel moves.

Before we get into Darby and what he brings to the Eagles, let's talk about what the Eagles are losing in Matthews. "Love you bro. I'll definitely miss doing this with you!"

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