A.J. Brown: I would have stayed if Titans offered me $22M, but they didn’t even offer $20M

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The Titans traded wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Eagles on Thursday night, and Brown and the Eagles agreed to a new contract that averages $25 million a year. Brown says he never would have left Tennessee if the Titans were willing to pay him close to what the Eagles are paying him.

I would have stayed if they offered me $22 million,” Brown told ESPN.

But Brown says the Titans’ offer never even came close.

“I wanted to stay, but the deal they offered was a low offer. The deal they offered wasn’t even $20 million a year,” Brown said.

Salaries for top wide receivers have exploded this offseason, and the Titans apparently think the best receivers are getting too expensive, while the Eagles think a receiver of Brown’s caliber is worth the market rate.

27 responses to “A.J. Brown: I would have stayed if Titans offered me $22M, but they didn’t even offer $20M

  1. It is so funny how the NFL is just a copycat league. This WR fad will come crashing down hard when these teams find that paying a WR this kind of money is a waste. WRs aren’t the difference makers people think they are.

  2. Congrats AJ Brown, good trade Titans. Eagles paying a good receiver like a elite receiver LMAO

  3. I never thought I would ever hear someone say out loud that they were insulted at an offer of 18 million dollars a year. I was wrong.

  4. Pay your receiver budget to one guy, like AJ, gets hurt as usual your season is over and at least the coach and probably the GM get fired. Grossly over paying one player leaves little left to pay the back-ups which equates to having very sub-par talent and uncompetitive players.

    With all of the money the gambling companies are making that money is coming out of someone’s pocket and eventually that money will run out which will cause a rapid decline in revenue and salary cap.

  5. One of the most overrated players in the NFL.. Davante Adams had twice his production and gets paid less.

  6. I said it before these WR contracts are all the fault of Jax overpaying Christian Kirk. Now ANY WR that is statistically better than Kirk wants more money than him.

  7. He will help the Eagles, but is he really worth $25-million a season? He is not an elite receiver, so at this point the answer is no. Great trade for the Titans.

  8. Sorry but he’s not worth that much. Dude is barely a top 20 WR yet he’s getting paid like a top 10. Tennessee made the right move here.

  9. Back to back 1000 yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. 860+ in 2021 in 13 games (missed 4 due to a chest injury) and would’ve easily topped 1000 again. He was playing in a run heavy offense. Hurts now has Brown, Devonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Zach Pascal, Quez Watkins along with the #1 rushing offense. No excuses left if he doesn’t succeed.

  10. The only issue I see is that the Titans were a significantly better team when Brown was on the field. They better hope Henry doesn’t get hurt again.

  11. The reason I abandoned the NBA was because of greed and a poor product…seeing the NFL and MLB following that route is disheartening. I like defense, not watching the Harlem Globetrotters (occasionally, it’s fake and supposed to be a circus). I guess all American sports except hockey want to be a circus, as well – lowest common denominator is name of the game in US now

  12. He was elite in Tennessee, gets traded to philly and now is a overpaid, overrated, always hurt 3rd option. Fly eagles fly.

  13. We still need a real QB in Philly.

    Hurts has missed his rent payments for a season plus.

  14. The top end WR market is changing. Like it or not, get use to it. With the top 5 QB money Tennessee is paying Tannehill next 2 yrs, they couldn’t afford A J, and Philly had cap space and savvy to exploit that. Same thing happened in GreenBay and KC, but at least they have all that cap space committed to actual top 5 QB’s

  15. I think more teams will follow the trend of trading these receivers that want huge deals rather than keeping up with the 20+ million dollar a year contracts

  16. willieboy says:
    April 29, 2022 at 12:27 pm
    He was elite in Tennessee, gets traded to philly and now is a overpaid, overrated, always hurt 3rd option. Fly eagles fly.

    ——————–

    Nobody said 3rd option.
    You can be a talented WR and not be worth $25 mill/yr hit on the salary cap.

    Say he was paid $18 mill/yr. That $7 mill/yr is another starter somewhere or several quality backups at different positions.

    The middle class in the NFL is disappearing.

  17. I just hope he can feed his family with that lowball contract he got. Its rough out there right now, gas is very expensive.

  18. Since 2019 the cap has jumped 20 million dollars per team, and that money is going somewhere. We assume it’s all going to the QBs, but the market combined with the ways the game is changing is allocating more money to WRs. You can think he got overpaid, you can think every NFL player is overpaid, but that’s just the way it is. He got a contract he is happy with, and the Titans got an extra pick, a young cost controlled replacement, and cap flexibility moving forward (and BTW, they may need it, considering who their QB is and the massive cash invested in a RB coming off a bad injury).

  19. Repeat after me class: D-I-V-A. This guy is pretty good, but is often times injured, and to be frank, not worth $22M per year, let alone $25M. So spare me the act AJ. What’s worse, is receivers like Deonte “pan hands” Johnson is going to this he’s worth this. LOL

  20. The numbers are eye popping to anyone working a regular job but I get it. If your current employer was paying you X amount of dollars and someone else was happy to give you a 25%-30% raise you’d feel undervalued, wouldn’t you? Same thing here just a matter of scaling up the numbers astronomically. Business is business.

  21. BuckyBadger says:
    April 29, 2022 at 10:39 am
    It is so funny how the NFL is just a copycat league. This WR fad will come crashing down hard when these teams find that paying a WR this kind of money is a waste. WRs aren’t the difference makers people think they are.

    Bucky: the extension is 4 yrs added to the year he already had left on his deal. the cap was put on a diet due to the pandemic but is ready to bust it’s buttons after the deals with the gambling interests and the new broadcasting deals kick in. these numbers will be see as bargains in a couple years.

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