Jon Robinson on A.J. Brown trade: We got to a point where it was going to be hard to get a deal done

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The Titans didn’t envision trading A.J. Brown. It was only three weeks ago that Mike Vrabel declared that the star receiver wasn’t going on the trade block “as long as I’m head coach.”

On Thursday night, the Titans traded Brown to the Eagles.

General Manager Jon Robinson said the trade came together in the last 18-20 hours after the Titans realized they couldn’t “bridge the gap” with Brown’s representation. Soon after the trade was announced, Brown had a four-year, $100 million extension with $57 million guaranteed.

“The decision we made today, it was a tough one,” Robinson said, via Jim Wyatt of the team website. “We really appreciate what A.J. has done here for our football team, on the field and in the community. We had discussions back and forth and we realized we got to the point where it was going to be hard to get a deal done (to keep him). So, the trade thing kind of manifested.”

The Titans drafted Brown in 2019, and his contract was scheduled to expire after the 2022 season. He had not been participating in the team’s offseason program as he awaited a long-term deal.

Brown joins Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and Marquise Brown as another big-name receiver traded this offseason.

“These are the decisions I am faced with, and they are hard decisions,” Robinson said. “There’s a lot of discussion that goes into them, a lot of thought that goes into them. At the end of the day, we have to make – I have to make – the hard decisions. 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.”

Brown ends his career in Tennessee with 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns. In 2021, Brown caught 63 passes for 869 yards and five scores.

“I love all of our players – I love A.J. personally,” Vrabel said. “I know how Jon feels about him. But I am very comfortable with how this went down and how Jon and I were able to navigate. 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.”

20 responses to “Jon Robinson on A.J. Brown trade: We got to a point where it was going to be hard to get a deal done

  1. This is an interesting time in the NFL. Five years down the road, these trades and massive receiver deals will be scrutinized and conclusions reached whether they were good business for the teams acquiring the talent .. or folly.

  2. A hundred million is a lot of money, but no fan will care if they win games because of his play.

  3. This is why BB doesn’t bother with diva wide receivers. Then he doesn’t have to worry about paying them!

  4. Marquise Brown is a “big name” receiver? Well, he has a well known nickname, but he’s just a guy. Nothing special about that dude.

  5. The teams that end up paying $25-$30 mil a year for a WR can be paying 4-5 quality starters with that money. AJ Brown, Tyreke Hill, Devante Adams and Deebo Samuel will never win you a Super Bowl. They’ll win you your fantasy championship though.

    And Mahomes is the reason for that Super Bowl.

  6. While AJ is a very good young receiver this is insane. The WR market is just stupid right now. So in 2 years are you going to give Devonta Smith a $30 mill/yr contract? You know no matter what happens at this point he’s going to want more than AJ to stay.

    Here’s the secret Roseman hasn’t figured out in drafting WRs, he is not smarter than everyone else when it comes to recognizing WR talent. Take the consensus best WR on the board and don’t over think it. That’s the only reason the Eagles don’t have Metcalf and Jefferson and ended up doing that ridiculous trade. Cost controlled for 3 – 4 years and see where your at.

    Paying in draft picks and money is dumb. The Eagles were already one of the leaders in pushing money into future years before this trade.

  7. 100 million dollar WR contracts is the NEW going rate…teams that won’t pony up will end up with a stable of so-so wide receivers……..and not win.

  8. He wanted to get paid, you didn’t want to pay him – that’s it. Just hope it was a good decision as his blocking was crucial and on a run first team. And going 0-1 these last two years in the playoffs while not scaring anybody, regression isn’t good.

  9. Teams willing to unbalance their cap for expensive WRs vs teams that say “screw that”.. Follow the win totals to see how that plays out…

  10. Eagles aren’t paying a QB “QB money”, so they can afford a pricey WR to see if Hurts can be the guy, or if the Eagles need to draft a new QB in 2023 and also get another 4 years of discount QB on the cap.

    With this, Hurts has 0 excuses in 2022. Produce or you will be gone in 2023. I don’t think Hurts is “the guy”, but I’d be more than happy for him to prove me wrong.

  11. The biggest laugh of the night was the Eagles moving up for a coveted WR and then he was gone with the pick before. So, they tried to save face by overpaying a traded WR. AJ Brown is solid, but let’s not pretend his success comes from a team with a great Oline and running game creating the balance for him to succeed even from a very average Tannehill.

  12. touchback6 says:
    April 29, 2022 at 4:15 am
    This is why BB doesn’t bother with diva wide receivers. Then he doesn’t have to worry about paying them!

    And that’s why he ends up with a bunch of WRs that can’t even catch the ball, much less make plays in connection with doing so.

  13. 25 million is really not terrible for a top flight receiver considering the cap is 208 mil and the paying team has a QB on a rookie contract.

    If I were a Titans fan, I wouldn’t be upset management couldn’t/ wouldn’t pay AJ Brown the contract the market determined he was worth. I’d be upset that Tannehill was, likely, the reason a deal couldn’t get done.

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