Some in league circles believe that the constant glut of great receivers entering the draft makes it unwise to spend big money on a veteran receiver. The Tennessee Titans apparently fall into that category.
If Burks booms, it’s a good move. He’ll be much cheaper than Brown will be for the Eagles, after signing a four-year, $100 million extension. But if Burks busts, what did the Titans gain? Nothing at all.
The trade also shows how different a team can become after only one year. In June, Brown lobbied aggressively for the Titans to trade for Julio Jones. Now, both players are gone.
It also sends a message to Burks. If he plays really well, he’ll potentially be traded in lieu of being paid. Like Brown was.