Eagles Trade Jordan Matthews, Third Rounder To Bills For Corner Ronald Darby

Eagles Trade Jordan Matthews, Third Rounder To Bills For Corner Ronald Darby

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - If the Los Angeles Rams needed someone to vouch for wide receiver Sammy Watkins before acquiring him in a trade from the Buffalo Bills on Friday, they didn't have to go very far. The Rams then brought in a new head coach (Sean McVay), signed one primary receiver (Woods) and traded for another (Watkins).

Now, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculates that Tavon Austin could be available for a trade with Watkins taking on his role with the Rams.

The Bills are a team trying to build for the future.

The third-round pick going to Buffalo with Matthews isn't insignificant, but the Eagles pretty much had to add a decent corner, partly because last year they traded Eric Rowe to New England, a year after drafting Rowe in the second round - three slots ahead of where Buffalo took Darby. He was slated on the depth charge to start at cornerback this season. You don't know me if you think I'm throwing in the towel.

"I get it", McDermott said.

I can imagine the Rams, with no real number one receiver, liked watching that. "We go with the information that we have since they've been in Eagles uniforms and that wide receiver group has been tremendously competitive throughout the spring and summer".

"It doesn't say anything", Beane said. If we were throwing in the towel, I wouldn't have tried to get a starting receiver back. In the final year of his rookie contract, Matthews will be eager to get on the same page as new quarterback Tyrod Taylor, but with Andre Holmes, Anquan Boldin and rookie Zay Jones now representing his top competitors for targets, the 25-year-old should like his chances of finally topping the 1,000-yard mark.

The trades caught Bills players by surprise a day after a 17-10 preseason-opening loss to Minnesota. It's a win-now league. "It's our best interest". The Bills previously declined his 2018 option.

If Watkins can live up to Robey-Coleman's assessment, it becomes a worthwhile transaction, even if it also means using the franchise tag to keep him or signing him to a lucrative long-term deal as his contract expires at the end of this season. The Bills were already expected to shift more of a high-percentage passing game this season, which wouldn't have suited Watkins, who averages a lid-lifting 16.1 yards per reception in his career.

Watkins has been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games last season after having surgery for a broken left foot. Walt Powell, who caught 14 passes for the Bills in 2016, is the leading returning wide receiver, and he's suspended for the first four games of the regular season. When the trade happened, they had to throw in the third-rounder, because as Roseman noted, it's "a corner-deficient league", and prying away a starting-quality corner from anyone in August is a hard feat. "And teams that have them aren't really ready to move them".

EJ Gaines, the former sixth-round pick out of Missouri, started over Trumane Johnson in his rookie year back in 2014. The Bills acquired cornerback E.J. Gaines from the Rams. The problem for the Rams is wondering who on earth will be that starting cornerback aside Trumaine Johnson? "I am excited about how they are going to use me going forward, and I am excited about this year". Sometimes that's a day-to-day process and sometimes those are not easy decisions from a leadership standpoint.

NOTES: S Bacarri Rambo is listed week to week after hurting his hamstring against Minnesota.

The Eagles endured their longest workout of training camp at 2 hours, 40 minutes and featured plenty of hitting.

Roseman said he had a "knot in his stomach" before talking to Matthews on Friday morning and certainly thought about the possible locker room ramifications a deal like this one might have.



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