Eagles Trade Jordan Matthews, Third Rounder To Bills For Corner Ronald Darby


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

A day after their first preseason game, the Eagles traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. In his short career, Matthews has recorded 225 receptions for 2,673 and 19 touchdowns.

Matthews caught eight touchdown passes in each of his first two National Football League seasons, and in 2015 he fell three yards short of the 1,000-yard mark.

Both are blockbuster trades in which Buffalo also shuffled its cornerbacks.

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He was a second-round pick (No. 42 overall) in the 2014 draft.

During the offseason, the Eagles added wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency and drafted wide receivers Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson in April. In his rookie season two years ago, he had two interceptions, but none last year. He appeared in 29 games and intercepted two passes while defending 33 passes for the Bills. From the Eagles: A third-year player out of Florida State, Darby was originally drafted by the Bills in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Pegged as a starter in Philadelphia, Matthews is expected to help bolster Buffalo's receiving corps with a proven weapon that offers size and precise route running.