The Eagles traded away the 25-year-old Matthews, along with a third-round pick in 2018, to the Bills in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby on Friday. Of course, even a down year for Matthews was 73 receptions, 804 yards and 3 touchdowns, so he'll likely continue to produce regardless.
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. The draft also had future stars selected such as Odell Beckham Jr. I think we have a really good group, a character group, not only at the wide receiver position but on this team and on the offensive side of the ball. The 5-11, 190-pounder had two interceptions and 137 tackles. Last season, Watkins played in just eight games and totaled 430 yards and two scores on 28 catches. Rookie Sidney Jones could also become a factor when he's recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon. "Watkins" time in Buffalo, however, was hampered by injuries, particularly in 2016. "People are spreading you out (on defense) with three- and four-wide receiver packages".
Gaines is entering his fourth season as a pro.
As for Matthews, what sort of impact his departure will have on the locker room remains to be seen, especially with quarterback Carson Wentz. His teammates flooded social media in the wake of the trade to wish him the best. The team will miss Matthews for sure, but the cupboard is in no means bare.
The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade. In return, the Eagles have acquired cornerback Ronald Darby.
Darby is under contract for two more years, which is perhaps where the Bills get off asking for more out of the swap.
"It hurts when people you care about leave", Roseman said.
"The hardest thing to do was talking to Jordan about this".