Eagles' CB Jalen Mills excited about trade for Ronald Darby

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In return, the Eagles got the 50th overall selection in 2015, cornerback Ronald Darby, as well as a third-round draft pick in 2018. Matthews caught 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns last season and seemed poise to be team's starting slot receiver this fall. The Philadelphia Eagles made headlines today by trading Jordan Matthews and a third round pick to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. Roseman later dealt QB Sam Bradford to the Vikings to recoup some of the draft picks he lost in the deal to get Wentz.

"This is a passing-driven league", Roseman said.

Roseman appeared to want to make sure he was not trading a player in a contract year for another player in a contract year.

In Buffalo, Jordan will be reunited with running back LeSean McCoy, who was his Eagles teammate in 2014 before being traded to the Bills.

McCoy's quote came before Matthews' first training camp.

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Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman reiterated that adding Darby was a result of this team not only believing it can compete this season, but also laying the groundwork for long-term viability at the cornerback position around Mills, Darby, and rookies Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas. The front office won't have to worry about re-signing Darby until 2019, and the Eagles will have a better idea if he's the player who was Pro Football Focus' defensive rookie of the year in 2015 or the one who struggled last year.

"It hurts when people you care about leave", Roseman said. And not long after the Matthews deal was announced, Schefter had some more news to share about head coach Sean McDermott's team.

Matthews had spent his entire three-year NFL career with the Eagles while Gaines' NFL career has been spent with the Rams in two different cities. Matthews will certainly be lined up in the slot at times in Buffalo, but the team will likely give him snaps on the outside as well. The Vanderbilt product was a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Given Darby's age, Roseman could reasonably sell this as a trade for the future, but the trade also reflects that the Eagles have aspirations in 2017, maybe bigger ones than they let on through much of the offseason. The response, in a word, is heartening. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

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