Jordan Matthews Traded to the Bills

Matthews had been the team's starting slot receiver heading into the 2017 season and caught three of Carson Wentz's four completions in the preseason opener in Green Bay on Thursday night. Yes, Matthews has stayed on the field for all but two games in his career, while Watkins has missed 13 games in three seasons, but that is part of the appeal.

For a team that has struggled to find any stability at receiver position, the team's decision to trade away a player that has been the poster-child for consistency is a curious one. From the Eagles: A third-year player out of Florida State, Darby was originally drafted by the Bills in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. "We spent a lot of time going over this because this obviously a big trade for our football team, and you look around the league and it is a corner deficient league. But we've got to do what's in the best interest of this team moving forward and that's why we made the trade".

Talk and rumors about the Eagles' possibly trading Matthews have been floating for months and it's those rumors - true or not - that actually led to the Eagles' receiving calls about him, Roseman said.

A year ago, Jordan Matthews was the unquestioned leader of a young and inexperienced receiver group, charged with not just carrying the load but also helping the rookie franchise quarterback acclimate to the NFL. But by the same token, we weren't picking up the phone and calling teams on Jordan because of his value to our team. J-Matt was the best teammate and friend you could ask for. Certainly we know the production he had.

Roseman said it was a deal that could not have been made a year ago because the receiver group wasn't as strong as he perceives it to be at the moment, especially with the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Both Matthews and Gaines are entering the final season of their contracts, so it's possible neither will have an extended future in Buffalo. Something has got to give, and it's got to be Matthews playing on the perimeter.

  • Stacy Allen