Watkins, despite a host of injury problems, is a clear upgrade from Matthews, while Darby is the second cornerback to leave Western New York since free agency began in the spring, following Stephon Gilmore's move to the Patriots.
However, if you extrapolate Matthews' 2016 numbers to 16 games, he would've caught 83 passes for 918 yards. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds.
But with his impending free agency, the additions of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Mack Hollins, and the more glaring need at cornerback, the Eagles decided to make a deal.
Matthews is entering the final season of his rookie contract.
The team didn't have any major conversations with Matthews on an extension, which was a major indication that they were preparing to move on if the right deal came along.
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Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills in May declined to pick up his fifth-year option. The Buffalo Bills just pulled off two trades, one of which involves star wide receiver Sammy Watkins .
In the preseason opener against Green Bay, albeit without Jeffery on the field, Wentz completed four passes, and three were to Matthews.
It was evident that the Birds needed help at corner.
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. He has pulled in at least 67 catches in each season he has been with the Eagles, and has missed only two games in three seasons. That, in and of itself, may be the most short-sighted part of the decision. Not anymore. But given he's in just his second year, Darby surely does. It might take us a year or two before we know who the true victor is in all of this moving around.
In exchange for Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick, the Eagles, still trying to figure out their issues at cornerback, have added Ronald Darby to their roster.
Now let's hope either Agholor starts catching footballs, or Hollins is as good as everyone wants him to be.