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Eagles Acquire CB Ronald Darby In A Trade From The Bills

Eagles Acquire CB Ronald Darby In A Trade From The Bills

The Buffalo Bills decided Sammy Watkins wasn't their guy after all, shipping the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft to the Los Angeles Rams in one of two trades made by the team the day after their first preseason tilt.

Buffalo also traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

Altogether, the trade nets the Bills second-round and third-round picks in 2018, but leaves the roster in a lesser state for the 2017 season. The Matthews-Watkins swap didn't change anything there, but Matthews is more of a possession/inside target versus Watkins' down-field ability. Matthews and Wentz were close friends and it was Matthews who caught Wentz's first career touchdown pass in last season's opener. He has been a starter in all 29 of his career games over the past two seasons. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion, Darby was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2012 and helped the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship in 2013. Darby instantly becomes Philadelphia's top corner.

The Bills originally had the ninth overall selection but, traded up to fourth with the Cleveland Browns to select Watkins. "But we also have to let it play", he said. However, after a solid rookie campaign in which he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and Pro Football Focus' Defensive Rookie of the Year, Darby regressed in 2016, apparently falling out of favor in Buffalo. Insane how close you can get with someone in a year.

It is likely that the Eagles opted to move Matthews because he is in a contract year and due for a substantial increase in salary after this season.

"I think when the media starts putting it out, and we do the same thing, when media starts putting out they think guys are available, whether that's true or not, that starts getting you phone calls and that's how it started here".


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