Ryan Tannehill on A.J. Brown trade: It hurts

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Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a lot of success throwing the ball to wide receiver A.J. Brown over the last three years, but the partnership won’t be back for a fourth edition.

Brown was traded to the Eagles last Thursday and Tannehill got his first chance to weigh in on the move when he spoke to reporters from the team’s facility on Tuesday.

“Professionally, it hurt,” Tannehill said, via Turron Davenport of ESPN.com. “Top target, heckuva football player, made big plays for us consistently over the last three years. Personally, it hurt. A.J.’s a good friend. Have a lot of great times, great memories on and off the field with him. Not being able to see him on a daily basis is going to be different, going to be hard. Happy to see him get what he wanted, but, at the end of the day, it hurts.”

Tannehill said he had a good conversation with rookie wideout Treylon Burks, who the Titans took with the first-round pick they acquired for Brown, and that he’s excited about the acquisition of Robert Woods, but it sounds like there’s going to be some adjustments for him to make now that Brown is out of the offense.

30 responses to “Ryan Tannehill on A.J. Brown trade: It hurts

  1. It hurt when Tannehill threw the game losing pick in the AFC Championshop game too

  2. Tannehill and Brown are both going to look a lot more ordinary next season.

  3. He should have taken less money to keep A.J. Brown. Now he better hopes Treylon Burks works out.

  4. How does this look to players in the locker room when their leader Vrabel says no way Brown gets traded under his watch and then poof.

  5. That’s funny. AJ leaving the Titans brought me great joy and elation!
    Go Birds!

  6. Reality of the NFL…QBs and WRs are tilting the scales on pay with some defensive positions also paying a lot to a few. Harder to have a deep supporting cast with 2-3 players equaling $75m plus of the cap.

  7. People keep claiming cap hell is fake and just isn’t. Markets get bloated, teams get arrogant, and cap hell arrives.

  8. I’m surprised about how much flak Tennessee is catching about this. AJ has played 43 games in his career and has caught 185 balls. That works out to 4.3 receptions per game. Maybe Vrabel shouldn’t have spoken in such absolute terms but I don’t fault a team for not wanting to pay 25 million a year to a guy touching the ball less than 5 times a game.

  9. 1westcoastfootballfan says:
    May 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm
    Tannehill and Brown are both going to look a lot more ordinary next season.
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    Acting like brown is losing some elite qb.

  10. What hurts is that they built a great team, but didn’t have a great QB to lead it

  11. riggo08 says:
    May 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm
    Reality of the NFL…QBs and WRs are tilting the scales on pay with some defensive positions also paying a lot to a few. Harder to have a deep supporting cast with 2-3 players equaling $75m plus of the cap.

    60Rate This

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    We’ve been specicallly told there is no cap and it can be manipulated with ease.

  12. bird2urmother says:
    May 3, 2022 at 2:30 pm
    1westcoastfootballfan says:
    May 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm
    Tannehill and Brown are both going to look a lot more ordinary next season.
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    Acting like brown is losing some elite qb.

    89Rate This
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    He’s going from an above average starter to a backup caliber QB.

  13. Never mind the hurt after throwing an interception on the first play in the playoffs last season.

  14. 1westcoastfootballfan says:
    May 3, 2022 at 3:25 pm
    bird2urmother says:
    May 3, 2022 at 2:30 pm
    1westcoastfootballfan says:
    May 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm
    Tannehill and Brown are both going to look a lot more ordinary next season.
    ———
    Acting like brown is losing some elite qb.

    89Rate This
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    He’s going from an above average starter to a backup caliber
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    Tannehil couldn’t even cut it on the dolphins when he came into the league. Quit acting like jalens first year of starting is what his ceiling will be. Yall acting like that’s what his entire career is going to look like. Like most qbs in their first year as a starter, there’s a good chance Jalen will improve.

  15. Dumb move on the Titans part, that dude is a stud.

    As a Colts fan, I’m glad Brown is out of the AFC South.

  16. bird2urmother says:
    May 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    1westcoast, that above average starter in Tennessee is half way out the door.

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    It’s hard to win Super Bowls with above average.

  17. also hurts when AJ that said he wanted to be a titan for life becomes extremely money hungry

  18. Every article on here about Brown I see the comment about how he will play 10-11 games. The guy has missed 6 games total in three years. 4 were in 2021 with a chest injury and he returned for the playoffs. Also Hurts had 5 less td than Tannehill in 2021 and Tannehill had like 100 more pass attempts. Hurts has tons to improve on if he is going to be the long term answer at QB, but Tannehill didn’t play well in 2021 either and they just drafted his replacement.

  19. Tannehill has won playoff games, more than Lamar and Hurts combined, so there’s that. He was bad on the Dolphins though, how many playoff games have the Dolphins won without him? Malik Jackson might replace him like Lamar replaced Flacco. How many playoff games has Lamar won as a starter? Not a Tannehill fan at all, merely above average, but Hurts is bad and hasn’t shown a lot of upside, other than tucking and running to the right. People like him as a person though.

  20. He plays like a steam roller and that style lends itself to injuries.. Titans are now 1 D. Henry injury away from mediocrity on Offense. Robert Woods is good but not a true #1 WR. He’s a 1A or 2. Vrabel either got overruled or all that stuff about not coaching a team w/o AJ Brown was typical media fodder. Who can blame him? One never knows if the media is genuinely interested in the answers to the questions they ask or far more interested in loading those questions with the as much speculative, controversy-launching, locker-room destroying garbage as possible.

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