Eagles trade Jordan Matthews to Bills for CB Ronald Darby

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The team dealt veteran receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round draft pick in 2018 for Bills cornerback Ronald Darby on Friday afternoon. "We were not out there shopping Jordan Matthews". But he's way better than anything the Eagles had on the roster, and they are unquestionably a better overall team with Darby and without Matthews than vice versa. Throughout his first three years in the National Football League, the Clemson product has caught 153 passes for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns. His production on the ball, he doesn't have a high interception number but is PBU (pass break ups) number is incredibly high. He played just six snaps with the offense.

The Bills now have a pair of first, second and third-round picks in the 2018 draft.

But let's not bury the lead when it comes to Pederson's team. A year ago at this time, from where the group was, it would have been hard to do. "It's hard to find solid starters". He has two more years remaining on his rookie contract.

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Darby provides new strength at arguably the Eagles weakest position on the team. And he didn't rule out a possible reunion with Matthews, however unrealistic that might be.

Taking a look at the targets Matthews has seen while outside the slot over his three years in the league hasn't been ideal.

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.

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But Matthews' departure will still leave a void.

"E.J. has been a dedicated professional during his time with us and we wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors".

By trading Matthews, 25, the Eagles lost one of their locker room leaders, however.

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"You worry about everything when you trade a professional like Jordan Matthews", said Roseman. "Love you bro. I'll definitely miss doing this with you!" "Looking at that group, we have bunch of young players we're excited about". But it hurts when people you care about leave.

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