In fact, with this trade, the Eagles' 2014 draft joins 2011 and 2015 as major talent dead zones, unless you include Darby as a draft asset, assuming he comes in and plays well. The Patriots have swiped three of their players in free agency - most notably cornerback Stephon Gilmore - and Buffalo has now dumped a potential star 24-year-old receiver and an impressive 23-year-old cornerback (Darby was named Pro Football Focus' Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015).
With Darby heading to Philadelphia, the Eagles sent the Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews. And then when you pull the trigger on anything like this, you think about the player you're giving up and the draft pick. We felt like as we were building this, there were a lot of priorities in building a team that consistently competes for championships.
The Eagles desperately sought cornerback help dating back to the NFL Draft. Praise for Matthews in this camp has been sparing.
And if 2017 second-rounder Sidney Jones fully recovers from his torn Achilles (which may not be until 2018), he and Darby could form an impressive starting cornerback duo - something the Birds have lacked for far too long.
The Buffalo Bills traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. They also traded the 10th overall pick in this year's draft to the Kansas City Chiefs for their first and a third in that draft and a first in next year's draft.
With these two deals, the Buffalo Bills have now traded two of their top players at their respective positions, which might signal a rebuild is in progress. In 37 career games in Buffalo, Watkins had 153 catches and 17 touchdowns, although he missed 11 matches over the last two seasons. Now it looks like that roster will be built in a new direction in the coming seasons.
Both trades were announced within minutes of each other even though they were unrelated. We had the opportunity to watch you develop as a player and as a person, and that is something we will never forget. He will be the team's No. 1 wide receiver ahead of new teammate Tavon Austin.
"You have a knot in your stomach", he said. However, as I noted in looking in past comparables, his early draft status and those horrific stats don't necessarily mean we can write him off.
Despite having played with several quarterbacks in the NFL, you always seemed to be a favorite target of whoever was throwing you the football.