Matthews was reportedly on the trading block this offseason, and there was recent buzz that Nelson Agholor could see more time as the team’s slot receiver this season, so it makes sense that the Eagles would try to bolster their cornerback depth for the upcoming season.
Matthews, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2014. He’s currently entering the third year of his four-year, $4,949,269 contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,094,901 for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Matthews will free up $1,094,901 of available cap space while creating $479,867 in dead money.
In 2016, Matthews appeared in 14 games for the Eagles and caught 73 passes for 804 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 57 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
Darby, 23, is a former second-round pick of the Bills back in 2015. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $4.569 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $615,000 and $705,000 over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2016, Darby appeared in 14 games and recorded 69 tackles, no interceptions and 13 pass defenses.