Bills Deal Watkins; Get Jordan Matthews, Draft Picks

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles eased their wide receiver glut while also bolstering a weak secondary Friday when they traded Jordan Matthews and a pick to the Buffalo Bills for Ronald Darby.

Beane also mentioned Matthews' leadership as something that he will bring into the Bills locker room.

Instead of the players the Bills received in return, the key to whether this trade will be successful for Buffalo is the draft picks they acquired.

Fans were down on Matthews - he, like Agholor, has had too many drops - but his value as a security blanket for the second-year quarterback can't be ignored. Add in the acquisition of the Kansas Chiefs' first-round pick in trade completed in April, and the Bills now have two picks in each of the first three rounds next year. Last season, he caught 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns.

Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills declined to pick up his fifth-year contract option in May. And keep in mind that would be a 30-50 pass increase over last season.

The Bills simultaneously flipped receiver Sammy Watkins and a late pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-rounder from the Rams.

Watkins has been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games a year ago after having surgery to fix a broken left foot.

Before we get into Darby and what he brings to the Eagles, let's talk about what the Eagles are losing in Matthews.

The change for the Bills came four days after signing veteran free agent Anquan Boldin. No member of the Eagles had caught more passes in his first three seasons than the 225 Matthews had snagged. He has been a starter in all 29 of his career games over the past two seasons.

The Bills are instantly weaker at both receiver and corner. Mack Hollins, who scored a 38-yard touchdown Thursday night in Green Bay, is listed as the backup to Torrey Smith on one side, while Marcus Johnson is behind Alshon Jeffery on the other.

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