Roster move: Eagles trade Jordan Matthews to Buffalo Bills

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

The Eagles have traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. Mathews' production and the fact that he's only 26 during the 2018 season might make him the most attractive of the bunch considering Watkins' durability issues. We understand the business side of this game. Beane also pushed back against the idea that Buffalo is not putting the best team on the field in 2017 in order to move on from quarterback Tyrod Taylor and find his replacement in the draft next spring. Matthews has been a relatively productive receiver in Philadelphia, but doesn't bring the big play ability that Watkins does.

Prior to the trade, Matthews' average draft position was 136th overall (late 11th round; WR51) in standard leagues and 128th (early 11th round; WR50) in PPR formats.

"You can't quantify with numbers what he meant to this team and to me, personally", Ertz said Saturday. "He has a brother for life in me, and he knows that". By comparison, the man who will probably replace him in the starting lineup - Matthews, who was the Eagles' second-round pick in 2014 - has missed only two games in his career and has 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns.

A top wide receiver has been traded.

The important parts of the deals, at least for fantasy owners, are Watkins going to the Rams and Matthews going to Buffalo. "Give it your all and enjoy your time with your teammates because you never know when it is going to end". Seeing him (Friday), it was tough on him, too. He's also entering a contract year, but the Bills additionally scored a third-rounder, giving them multiple picks in the first three rounds.

Well, Friday morning just got a little bit more interesting.

The Rams are betting on two things: that Watkins will stay healthy and play like the guy he was at Clemson, and that they can afford to keep him around long-term.

He will be paired at cornerback with some combination of Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, rookie Rasul Douglas and Brooks, once he recovers from a strained hamstring.

"The good thing about that is it's past my pay grade", McCoy said. "He's going to be a great asset to our defense". Unlike Matthews, who should be able to earn a starting job, Gaines will be joining an open competition to replace Darby. And right now he ranks behind Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, perhaps behind even Nelson Agholor, Thursday's two-point conversion failure notwithstanding, on a receiving corps the Eagles clearly feel they have upgraded substantially. "My only worry now is with myself". As players and coaches, they coach and we play.

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