February 18, 2018

Matthews traded after three seasons with Eagles

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Matthews caught the first career touchdown pass from Carson Wentz in last season's opener and the two were very good friends.

In what quickly became a blockbuster day around the National Football League, former Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby was traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles traded Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews to Buffalo along with a third round draft pick in exchange for Cornerback Ronald Darby.

"You worry about everything when trade a professional like Jordan Matthews", said Roseman.

"Hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that when you're giving up that kind of player and person", said Roseman.

As a rookie, Matthews made McCoy look pretty smart. But the Eagles signed free-agent receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason, drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson and have been pleased with 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor's improvement.

"Ronald has two years remaining on his rookie contract". As a result, it's clear to see that Matthews will be expected to assume No. 1 receiver duties upon his arrival.

"We weren't picking up the phone and calling teams on Jordan because of his value to our team", Roseman added.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews during an NFL football training camp in Philadelphia Wednesday Aug. 2 2017
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews during an NFL football training camp in Philadelphia Wednesday Aug. 2 2017

Matthews sat out most of the spring work with knee tendinitis that the organization didn't seem to think was all that serious.

Running back LeSean McCoy was teammates with Matthews in Philadelphia during the 2014 season. This would definitely have limited Matthews' snaps. "You look around the league, and it is a corner-deficient league". Darby, who is 5-11, 195, is just 23-years-old.

Such was the case on Friday when the Eagles GM chose to shake up his secondary with a major trade.

Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman reiterated that adding Darby was a result of this team not only believing it can compete this season, but also laying the groundwork for long-term viability at the cornerback position around Mills, Darby, and rookies Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas.

"Our priority was sorting out the cornerback position", Roseman said.

In Darby, they get a young talent with upside who likely was available in part because of the scheme shift under new Bills head coach Sean McDermott. He was a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2015 draft.

Matthews had spent his entire three-year NFL career with the Eagles while Gaines' NFL career has been spent with the Rams in two different cities.

Roseman was asked about the preceding rumors regarding Matthews's future with the team, to which he said that the team had not been in any discussions until the rumors started, at which point teams began calling the Eagles about their slot receiver to find out more. The Vanderbilt product was a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. When Darby's name came up from the Bills, it piqued the Eagles' interest. The response, in a word, is heartening.

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