Darby was considered their top cornerback on the depth chart. He was the No. 4 selection in the 2014 draft and has caught 17 touchdowns and 153 passes for 2,459 yards in his three seasons. In his two-year career, Darby has just two picks in 29 games. His teammates flooded social media in the wake of the trade to wish him the best.
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.
The Buffalo Bills traded for Eagles WR Jordan Matthews who seems to be Watkins' replacement. With that number nearly certainly rising in 2017, you can expect a bump in pass attempts, which wasn't hard to do to begin with, seeing as the Bills have ranked in the bottom-two for pass attempts in each of the last two years.
The trade gives Buffalo two first and second round draft picks in 2018, ammunition for a front office that has been non-committal on starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
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Even better, Darby has two years left on his deal, which is why the Eagles needed to throw in a 2018 third-rounder to make it happen.
Not coincidentally, Jim Schwartz was the defensive coordinator in Buffalo for Darby's rookie season. It was equally as hard to part with a third-round pick next year, because it now leaves the Eagles currently without picks in the second and third rounds, though they have three in the fourth - their own, Minnesota's and New England's.
Matthews caught 225 passes in his three-year Eagles career, averaging better than 110 targets per season. Certainly we know the production he had. After the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, and with Mack Hollins and Marcus Johnson also having strong training camps, the Eagles could afford to part with somebody. I think we have a really good group, a character group, not only at the wide receiver position but on this team and on the offensive side of the ball.
"It hurts when people you care about leave", Roseman said.