Eagles trade Jordan Matthews to Buffalo for CB

Bill Kostroun  AP

"Eagles acquire CB #Ronald Darby from Buffalo for WR #Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick".

"This was a unique opportunity".

Some of this might be reshuffling of some National Football League deck chairs - getting rid of good young players who won't get expensive contracts for other good young players who might - but for the Eagles, it took their primary problem in the secondary and made it disappear.

In Philadelphia, Matthews was the league's most productive player in terms of slot yards over the last three years according to Pro Football Focus. But he's way better than anything the Eagles had on the roster, and they are unquestionably a better overall team with Darby and without Matthews than vice versa.

Philadephia had a lot of receiver trouble previous year so it might come as a small surprise that they would trade away one of their best.

"Ronald has two years remaining on his rookie contract". Enter, Ronald Darby. Philly had a lot of questions at corner. Darby, 23, is expected to immediately start for the Eagles, leaving Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, rookie Rasul Douglas and Ron Brooks to compete for two other spots.

"Hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that when you're giving up that kind of player and person", said Roseman. "It's hard to find guys who have been solid starters in the league and can play at a high level and teams that have them aren't really ready to move them".

What the Eagles get in return is a starting corner for a secondary that sorely needed help.

"We're seeing those guys on the field", said Roseman.

So for the final time, thank you, Jordan Matthews. "We wish Jordan all the best, but we did what we thought was best for our team going forward". "Certainly, we know the production he had". You see him go against the players that we go against in our division. Matthews has been the one constant for the Eagles the last three years, and with so many new faces, Matthews was a source of familiarity. Agholor, along with Marcus Johnson, has been impressive in camp and helps lessen the blow of the trade.

The Eagles perceive their receiver group to be a strength now, after signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith during the offseason.

"All those are good problems to have", Roseman said.

The trade has a deep impact on two positions that were most in need of a revamp after last season.

Matthews is big (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) and sturdy, an exemplary worker, popular with teammates, especially with Wentz, who tweeted to Matthews that he would "always be my boy, both on and off the field".

"It hurts when people you care about leave", Roseman said.

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