Bills trade Watkins to Rams; get Matthews from Eagles

Bills trade Watkins to Rams; get Matthews from Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles on Friday executed a trade, and paid a steep price in the process, that they absolutely needed to make.

In the other trade, the Bills are acquiring WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for CB Ronald Darby.

As for what the Eagles are getting in Darby, Roseman said: "He has rare speed". But when he's healthy, Watkins is one of the most dynamic receivers in the game. He's never eclipsed 1,000 yards, is prone to occasional drops and didn't prove he could win on the perimeter in his few opportunities there.

But let's not bury the lead when it comes to Pederson's team. In a separate deal, the Buffalo Bills traded away their best cornerback for the Eagles' Jordan Matthews. Darby will step in and compete for a first team role with Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson. Robinson is having a bad camp and said recently that he's nowhere near where he should be. In 37 career games in Buffalo, Watkins had 153 catches and 17 touchdowns, although he missed 11 matches over the last two seasons. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion, Darby was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2012 and helped the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship in 2013. If Darby plays well this season, the Eagles can think about giving him the long-term money they didn't want to commit to Matthews.

The loss of Matthews hurts, but should be mitigated. Nelson Agholor, the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 2015, has been a standout during training camp after two disappointing seasons. Versatile halfbacks Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey are slot specialists.

As for Matthews, there are many who were critical of the fourth-year wideout.

Matthews had been the team's starting slot receiver heading into the 2017 season and caught three of Carson Wentz's four completions in the preseason opener in Green Bay on Thursday night. Well, it didn't take long for the team to find a partner. "It never came down to this guy's asking for too much money and we're not willing to do this so we better ship him out now".

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