With Matthews officially in for the Bills and Watkins now with the Los Angeles Rams, in addition to a 2018 sixth-round pick, the NFC West franchise then sent another cornerback in E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick, the Bills announced Friday.
Altogether, the trade nets the Bills second-round and third-round picks in 2018, but leaves the roster in a lesser state for the 2017 season.
When the Philadelphia Eagles play the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, wide receiver Jordan Matthews will be on the visitor's sideline. No member of the Eagles had caught more passes in his first three seasons than the 225 Matthews had snagged. In 46 career games, Matthews has 225 catches for nearly 2,700 yards and 19 touchdowns. Darby, 23, is expected to immediately start for the Eagles, leaving Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, rookie Rasul Douglas and Ron Brooks to compete for two other spots. "Watkins" time in Buffalo, however, was hampered by injuries, particularly in 2016.
Darby, who finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015, had two years remaining on his contract. Darby was considered their top cornerback on the depth chart.
In a separate trade, the Bills traded CB Ronald Darby to the Eagles for WR Jordan Matthews. Buffalo seems to be stockpiling picks for next year's draft.
The Bills have one of the youngest receiver corps in the league, despite Boldin being 37 years old in October.
There were reports the Eagles would be open to trading Jordan Matthews as far back as February, so it certainly comes as no surprise the club finally pulled the trigger. "This isn't one where you're celebrating and doing a dance because you're giving up a good player and a good pick. It goes to the player that we got, the position that we're acquiring and how hard it is to find those guys".
Before we get into Darby and what he brings to the Eagles, let's talk about what the Eagles are losing in Matthews.