EAGLES TRADE JORDAN MATTHEWS TO BUFFALO FOR CB RONALD DARBY
Eagles acquire CB Ronald Darby from Buffalo for WR Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick. Darby was the Pro Football Focus Defensive Rookie of the Year (2015). He was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.
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. In his first two NFL seasons, Darby started 29 games for the Bills and registered 137 tackles (121 solo), 2 interceptions and 33 passes defensed. An immediate starter as a rookie in 2015, Darby tallied 2 picks and 21 passes defensed en route to earning a spot on the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team and being named the Pro Football Focusdefensive rookie of the year.
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. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion, Darby was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2012 and helped the Seminoles win the BCS National Championship in 2013.
Head coach Doug Pederson was asked what the Eagles were getting in CB Ronald Darby.
“We’re getting a tremendous athlete, obviously a two-year starter,” Pederson. “What I’ve seen on tape – obviously I didn’t study him when he came out of college – but what I’ve seen so far and what I’m hearing is [he is] not only a good teammate but a good person. [He is] someone that’s going to get in and get in the mix and get with a group of guys that know our system. We’ll take it day by day with him and see where he’s at.”
Pederson was asked what the Eagles are losing by trading Jordan Matthews?
“What are you losing?” Pederson said. “Well, I think you’re losing a great person. He and I had a good relationship. This business is a difficult one. You got to make some tough choices from time to time, [and] obviously we do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles. We felt that this was a good opportunity for both sides.”