Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been traded, along with a third round pick, to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. It had been long suspected that the Eagles would trade one of their wideouts and Matthews has often been the name mentioned.
For the Eagles, they get another cornerback to add to a position that need to be addressed all offseason. Darby didn’t make a lot of game-changing interceptions for the Bills, only recording two in his career, but the fact that he is only 23 was a big selling point in this trade. Clearly the Eagles believe that he can start right away for a secondary that was one of the worst in the league.
On the flip side, the Birds lose a solid wideout who has produced for the team over the last two seasons. In both years, Matthews has topped 70 catches and 800 yards, not to mention being Carson Wentz’s go-to target. The biggest upside for Matthews is that he had 8 touchdowns and was three yards short of 1,000 in 2015. The Bills hope to see that production and not the dip they witnessed in 2016 when Matthews only recorded 4 touchdowns. Time will tell if this was a good trade, but Howie Roseman continues to make moves for the Eagles.