Howie Roseman: A.J. Brown trade was contingent on extension

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The Eagles were linked with various wide receivers in pre-draft chatter, but they didn’t wind up taking any of them in the first round of the draft.

They traded up to take defensive tackle Jordan Davis at No. 13 and then traded the 19th overall pick to the Titans for wide receiver A.J. Brown. Head coach Nick Sirianni explained the appeal of acquiring Brown by saying “there’s no projection” for a player who has already played at a high level in the NFL, but it wasn’t quite that simple.

Brown was available because extension talks with the Titans were not progressing, but Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman said the team would not have made the trade if they weren’t able to to come to agreement on a deal with Brown. That left the Eagles and Brown’s representatives with a lot to do as the draft was unfolding.

“The trade was contingent on us getting an extension, so something we were working on during the course of the draft,” Roseman said. “We were just kind of trying to balance finishing that and if we didn’t finish that, making sure we also got the right players. But it didn’t matter – the receivers on the board. For us, A.J. Brown was somebody that we had studied coming out and spent a lot of time on, and we had a lot of love for A.J. Brown in that draft. Obviously, things went a different way in that draft. But really excited to get him just in terms of how coach can use him and his vision for A.J. Brown in this offense and how he complements the other guys that we have here. As you guys may or may not know his relationship with our quarterback, all exciting things. Looking forward to getting him into Philadelphia.”

Brown agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal and the Eagles will now pivot from trying to land the receiver to making sure they maximize his contributions to the offense in 2022.

18 responses to “Howie Roseman: A.J. Brown trade was contingent on extension

  1. And someone thought the guy wouldn’t sign that contract? LOL. He’s good, but $25 mil a year? Seriously?

  2. Remind me, who is going to throw the ball to him?

    Is he worth 25mm per year
    And a number one pick?

  3. A.J Brown got paid…but his receptions,yards and touchdowns are about to dramatically go down.

  4. Guy has been a mid tier WR the past 2 years. How much do we think that JuJu Smith-Schuster is freaking out wit his low deal?

  5. “Brown agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal” It’ll be interesting to see the real numbers once everything is released. I’m guessing Brown will be around $22M-24M/year for 3 years and the 4th year is just to spread out the cap hit.

  6. That’s a lot of money for a guy who averaged about 70 yards per game and 5 tds in 13 games last yr, was also injured, and he did it in a bad division. But who can argue with howie….he is a genius. So he got an overrated wr and a dt that is a cheeseburger away from eating himself out of the league. Oh and he got rid of about 6 picks bc he had to bc they are up against the cap and can’t pay anymore than 3 or 4 more rookies this yr. Way to think it through howie.

  7. This is where one can see the difference between a team that
    handles it’s cap well and another who does not. I reference the trade
    By Dallas for Amari Cooper where the Cowboys should have done exactly
    what the Eagles did. Instead the delay in signing Cooper essentially caused
    The Cowboys to trade Cooper,
    Cooper wanted out of Oakland and he wanted a new contract. The best
    Leverage the Cowboys had was before the trade, once it was made, Cooper
    had the advantage.
    Score one for Howie and the Eagles.

  8. Tennessee did it right….they weren’t going to pay AJ Brown that kind of money in this crazy diva WR cycle the NFL is going through…Philly thinks he will put them at the top of the NFC East…win win for both teams and Baltimore picked up on it and got rid of a diva problem in the making

  9. Good move on paper, not my $. He is \ can be great, don’t know, but better than a gamble.

  10. People keep bringing up his injuries like he is always missing a bunch of games. He has missed just 6 games in three years. 4 in 2021, 2 in 2020. 1000 yard seasons his first two years. Pro Bowler in 2020. In 2021 he missed 4 games with a chest injury but topped 860 yards and was well on his way to a third straight 1000 yard season. He returned for the playoffs. As for those saying his production with drop with Hurts at QB…Smith as a rookie had nearly 1000 yards. It’s not like Brown played in a pass happy offense or Tannehill is a very good QB. Hurts might or might not be the guy but like in Miami, surround him with weapons, no excuses plus he has chemistry already with Brown, is good friends and was working with him before this trade. He has AJ Brown, Devonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Zach Pacal, Quez Watkins and RB Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell. If Hurts doesn’t succeed, Eagles have two 1st rd picks in 2023 in a strong QB class.

  11. rebelrebel says:
    April 29, 2022 at 10:20 am
    This is where one can see the difference between a team that
    handles it’s cap well and another who does not. I reference the trade
    By Dallas for Amari Cooper where the Cowboys should have done exactly
    what the Eagles did. Instead the delay in signing Cooper essentially caused
    The Cowboys to trade Cooper,
    Cooper wanted out of Oakland and he wanted a new contract. The best
    Leverage the Cowboys had was before the trade, once it was made, Cooper
    had the advantage.
    Score one for Howie and the Eagles.

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    Amari was going to go anyway. The cap and money did not really matter. He was on hurt and playing nowhere near his contract. If you pay attention you will see the smart teams are dumping even the top WR’s while the typically bad teams are trading picks for them and over paying them. That is what Howie did. He jut paid top 3 money for what is a top 15 WR. Not to smart in my book but you roll with your opinion. Add on top of it that Hurts is at best a below average QB and by the time they get someone who can actually throw the ball either Brown will be looking for his next payday or proven he is not as good as what he just got paid. The team who traded him and would not pay him had room. There is a reason they would not pay him and I would guess they are right. Beside the point they drafted a better WR that the Eagles could have just drafted on the cheap. Eagles screwed this one up.

  12. This is Roseman overthinking it at WR again. AJ Brown is a very good but often injured receiver. He should not have gotten Top 4 money. In 2 years they will most likely have to pay Devonta Smith 30+mill a year because they are already paying Brown 25 mill/yr. The WR cap hits will be higher than the QB.

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