Eagles trade WR Jordan Matthews to Bills


The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired cornerback Ronald Darby from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in the 2018 National Football League draft. In 46 career games, Matthews has 225 catches for nearly 2,700 yards and 19 touchdowns.

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

Matthews caught the first career touchdown pass from Carson Wentz in last season's opener and the two were very good friends. The 23-year-old is 5-foot-11, 193 pounds and was the No. 50 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 draft.

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Buffalo picked East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones in the second round of the NFL Draft in April and added wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Rod Streater, Corey Brown and Andre Holmes in free agency.

As for Darby, the Eagles receive a cornerback who accounted for 69 combined tackles and 12 passes defensed in 2016. While neither Jeffery nor Smith's contracts have the players in the team's long-term plans, two draftees in Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson did make the wide receivers room extremely competitive and cramped. He has been a starter in all 29 of his career games over the past two seasons. On the flip side, Philadelphia has been looking to upgrade their secondary and Darby is expected to start for them.