Eagles Trade Jordan Matthews to the Buffalo

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Upon acquiring Matthews and trading away Darby, the Bills then traded away one of their strongest offensive weapons, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, in exchange for a 2018 third round-pick and cornerback E.J. Gaines from the Los Angeles Rams. As a result, it's clear to see that Matthews will be expected to assume No. 1 receiver duties upon his arrival.

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. In three seasons, Watkins has caught 65, 60 and 28.

Besides, if the Eagles are developing offensively around free agents Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, there should be less emphasis on the role of the slot receiver. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft.

Gaines, 25, had 56 tackles, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble for the Rams in 11 games last season, his second National Football League season. 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.

In three years at FSU, Darby recorded 78 total tackles and logged two interceptions - both coming in 2013. "It's hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that when you're giving up that kind of player and person".

Last season, with Wentz under center and head coach Doug Pederson calling the plays, Matthews led the team with 117 targets.

Even better, Darby has two years left on his deal, which is why the Eagles needed to throw in a 2018 third-rounder to make it happen. There's no insurance on any of these things. "Couldn't ask for a better teammate & friend". "But we've got to do what's in the best interest of this team moving forward and that's why we made the trade".

With these two deals, the Buffalo Bills have now traded two of their top players at their respective positions, which might signal a rebuild is in progress.

"It hurts when people you care about leave", Roseman said.

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