The Buffalo Bills acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third round draft pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby today. The move was the second huge one for the Bills as they also traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for EJ Gaines and a second round draft pick. All in all, the Bills essentially traded Darby and Watkins for Matthews, Gaines and the two draft picks. Those moves give Buffalo two firsts, two seconds and two third round selections in next year’s NFL Draft. Trading away their top wide receiver and top cornerback and stockpiling those choices is also a clear indicator Buffalo feels like they’re not in a position to compete quite yet – a disappointing look to say the least for a team that has failed to make the playoffs in 17 straight seasons.
The acquisition of Matthews creates a whirlwind of dynasty impact from Philadelphia to Buffalo. For the impact of Sammy Watkins on the Rams, make sure you check out our analysis here as well. Let’s spin around the new-look rosters of the Eagles and Bills and discuss the impact.
Jordan Matthews, WR BUF
Matthews is a clear winner today. His ADP has been in total freefall over the past six months as he fell out of favor in Philadelphia. A change in scenery is exactly what he needed and his arrow will now be pointing right back up as he’s essentially gone from being the third or fourth option in an offense to the first. He’s on the last year of his rookie deal and will be a free agent at the end of the season as well, giving him every reason to perform at his highest possible level.
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