After getting burned a couple of times, the Philadelphia Eagles decided they won’t risk it by taking a wide receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. So instead, they traded for one.
The Eagles announced that they had acquired Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans on draft night. In exchange, they sent their No. 18 and No. 101 picks in this year’s draft to Tennessee.
According to reports, the Eagles also agreed to an extension with Brown. The 24-year-old player, who was entering the final year of his rookie deal, received a four-year, $100 million contract. This includes $57 million in guarantees.
The reason why Brown is on the move is that the Titans didn’t want to give him the type of deal he ended up receiving from the Eagles. This year, the wideout market has blown up in terms of contract values, and Tennessee obviously didn’t want to follow that trend.
With the trade, the Eagles get a proven No. 1 wideout that can form a formidable duo with 2020’s Heisman Trophy-winner DeVonta Smith. On the other hand, the Titans used the No. 18 pick to select Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks.
Shortly after the move was confirmed, Brown told ESPN’s Turron Davenport that he wanted to remain a Titan but that the franchise’s offer was simply too low.
“This wasn’t my fault,” said Brown. “I wanted to stay, but the deal they offered was a low offer.”
Brown, a second-round selection in 2019, has 185 catches for 2,995 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns since entering the league. He was a Pro Bowler in 2020.