Granted, the Eagles got a solid corner in Darby. The wide receiver room loses a productive player and leader, but it gains two potential young playmakers that just needed an opportunity. Now Darby's in the mix. On the flip side, Philadelphia has been looking to upgrade their secondary and Darby is expected to start for them.
"You look around the league, and it is a corner-deficient league", Roseman said Friday a short time after the deal went down. Darby, 23, was a second-round Buffalo pick in 2015, meaning he has two years left on his rookie deal. Following the trade Howie Roseman met with the media to discuss the move in detail. "(Jordan) Matthews" McCoy said when asked who has caught his eye.
"We're seeing those guys on the field", said Roseman.
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. "Certainly, we know the production he had". Former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews will likely take Watkins' former role as the number one option. Additionally, Greg Ward and Marcus Johnson are having strong camps. Next, the Eagles drafted wide receivers Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson to pair with Nelson Agholor and Matthews. We felt like as we were building this, there were a lot of priorities in building a team that consistently competes for championships.
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Darby, a native of Oxon Hill, MD, played three seasons for the Seminoles, appearing in 42 career games and totaling 79 tackles (57 solo), 16 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Matthews is big (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) and sturdy, an exemplary worker, popular with teammates, especially with Wentz, who tweeted to Matthews that he would "always be my boy, both on and off the field".
"There's no insurance on any of these things", Roseman said.
Buffalo was busy on the trade front, also shipping Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.