Bills trade Watkins to Rams; get Matthews from Eagles


The trade comes just minutes after the Bills traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams for former Missouri defense back E.J. Gaines.

Darby was taken by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Last season, with Wentz under center and head coach Doug Pederson calling the plays, Matthews led the team with 117 targets. Through his first two seasons Darby has only missed three games with 137 tackles, 33 passes defensed, and two interceptions.

About the same time the Bills were trading away their No. 4 overall pick from 2013 (Sammy Watkins), they were also working on replacing him.

And so that's why Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman made a decision to "pull the trigger" on the deal that sent Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in next year's draft to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby.

With Darby heading to Philadelphia, the Eagles sent the Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Matthews caught 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns last season and seemed poise to be team's starting slot receiver this fall. His catch percentage past year was 62.4 percent, the lowest of his career, but it was more than 10 percent higher than Nelson Agholor, who is slated to replace Matthews as the lead slot receiver.

Buffalo essentially traded Gaines for Darby in these two trades, as well.

Darby, the Bills' second-round draft pick in 2015, appeared in 29 games for Buffalo over the last two seasons. Buffalo now owns six picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft - one in each round. "We do what we think is in the best interest of the team then when you pull a trigger on anything like this, you think about the player you're giving up and the draft pick, but we felt like this was the right decision for us". For the 2016 National Football League season, Buffalo finished with a record of 7-9 overall but seemed to have a roster that may have been on the rise.