Bills Trade Watkins To Rams, Acquire Matthews From Eagles

Buffalo Bills make a splash, acquire Jordan Matthews and EJ Gaines

The Bills dealt Ronald Darby to the Eagles and acquired E.J. Gaines in the trade with the Rams. 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. Darby, the Bills' second-rounder in 2015, was a starting corner for Buffalo a year ago and was expected to take on an even bigger load in the wake of Stephon Gilmore's departure in free agency. With that number nearly certainly rising in 2017, you can expect a bump in pass attempts, which wasn't hard to do to begin with, seeing as the Bills have ranked in the bottom-two for pass attempts in each of the last two years. His 225 receptions rank first in Eagles' history and his 2,673 receiving yards rank third among Eagles' receivers in their first three seasons. Through his first two seasons Darby has only missed three games with 137 tackles, 33 passes defensed, and two interceptions.

He joins a secondary that lacks top-notch cornerbacks. He battled injuries last season and scored just twice. Darby has two years left on his rookie contract, which gives the Birds time to see how he fits in with the team and the development of the other young corners on the roster.

"This is a passing-driven league", Roseman said. "(Matthews) you'll always be my boy both on & off the field. Darby has two seasons remaining on his contract. "We do what's in the best interest of the team, and then when you pull the 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 best decision for us". They also get another former member of the Buffalo Bills, as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz continues to stockpile players from his previous stop. But it hurts when people you care about leave. It never gets any easier in this business because however good he is as a player, he's a better person.

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