The Tennesse Titans have traded star WR A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles in a blockbuster trade in the middle of the 2022 NFL Draft, reported Tim McManus for ESPN. In return, the Titans received the 18th and 101st overall picks. Brown was looking for a new deal and was at odds with the organization throughout the offseason. The contract Brown signed was a four-year, $100 million dollar contract that accounted for $57 million guaranteed.
Brown is still in the midst of his prime, entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Titans. He’s scheduled to make a base salary of just under $4 million in 2022. Hints, why the extension was so important to Brown. Not to mention, his production within his first three seasons in the NFL has been nothing short of exceptional. However, after signing the contract Brown takes a moment to reflect on the deal and wishes things could have worked themselves out in Tennessee.
“This wasn’t my fault,” Brown told ESPN’s Turron Davenport. “I wanted to stay, but the deal they offered was a low offer.”
Ironically, the Titans made it abundantly clear that they had no intentions of trading Brown. However, they saw an opportunity and wanted to make both parties satisfied in the process, stated Titans GM Jon Robinson.
“At the end of the day, we have to make — I have to make — the hard decisions,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. “And there’s a lot of things that impact those decisions. Certainly, the finances impact the decisions and trying to get value when we can. And that’s the decision we made today.”
High Praises for A.J. Brown heading to the Philadelphia Eagles
Titans HC Mike Vrable spoke very highly of Brown’s talent and character as he found out they were parting ways in last night’s evening draft.
“I love A.J. personally, but I am very comfortable with how this went down and how Jon and I were able to navigate,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “I try to support him and make decisions. Unfortunately, we understand if we are going to be here a while, we are not going to be able to keep every single player that we draft and develop.”
In 2021, Brown recorded 63 catches for 869 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games. Within his first two seasons, he recorded over 1,000 passing yards including a 70-yard bomb for a touchdown.
Philadelphia is in a good position with rookie WR DeVonta Smith and their rising QB Jalen Hurts. Eagles HC Nick Sirianni is very excited to have a big three in Philadelphia and is excited for what the future brings.
“We’re really excited to have [Brown] on this team,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “He’s a strong man, he’s quick for a big guy and he catches everything. There is no projection. You’ve seen him do it in the NFL for three years now.”