Howie Roseman explains the decision to trade for A.J. Brown

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The Eagles stunned the football-following world on the first night of the draft by trading for Titans receiver A.J. Brown.

Recently, Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman visited #PFTPM to discuss the decision to make the trade.

“Three factors, when I think about why we made the trade,” Roseman said. “I think one was the player fit. The evaluation of the player. Tremendous player. We did a lot of work on him coming out of Ole Miss. Felt like this guy really made a difference whether playing inside or outside. How he complemented our young receivers. We drafted DeVonta [Smith]. We drafted Jalen Reagor. We have Quez Watkins. We signed Zach Pascal. We have a bunch of other guys here that have contributed to our football team. He was a different kind of player.”

Roseman became drawn to Brown given their experiences against another big receiver who could make things happen with the ball in his hands.

“We had played for a long time against Anquan Boldin,” Roseman said. “The difference he made as a player and how physical he was and the toughness that he played with. He hated to be tackled. Then we had won a championship with Alshon [Jeffrey] and what he did on the outside. That’s kind of a piece, that we had different body types.”

Roseman also explained that the current makeup of the roster made it easier to go after Brown.

“I think second is just where we were as a team,” Roseman said. “I think there’s two parts of that. I think the first part is we have a quarterback on a rookie deal so you’re able to maybe be more aggressive in those modes. I’m sure that was — I don’t want to talk for [Titans G.M. Jon Robinson] but I’m sure that was part of his thinking, like, ‘I got a quarterback that I’m paying.’

“The third part of it is that we had accumulated assets. We know this. The best guys in the draft are going to hit on 60 percent of their first-round picks. No matter how strongly you feel about a first-round pick, you still don’t know how that guy is going to transition. How is he going to transition to a new city? How is he going to transition with money in his pocket? How is he going to translate to new personalities? How is he going to translate living on his own for the first time? I’m not saying that’s a reason to be risk averse and not take draft picks, but because we had accumulated some of these draft picks and because of those other reasons, we felt like this made sense for us right now at this time.”

Roseman still had to consider the impact of trading for and paying Brown on the rest of the team.

“When you bring free agents in and you pay free agents a lot of money or you trade for guys and pay them a lot of money . . . I think when you do that and you don’t take care of your own locker room, you’re basically telling your guys like maybe you’re not good enough,” Roseman said. “Maybe the guys that you drafted, and you’ve developed and have given blood, sweat, and tears in Eagles uniforms, they’re not good enough. Then you risk those guys becoming independent contractors, right? Because when you get to free agency, you’re probably going to the highest bidder or close to the highest bidder. When you do that to your team and say, ‘Hey we’re going to be aggressive in trying to improve our team, but our priority is always going to be take care of our own.’ Guys we draft and develop that we know them day-to-day, the ins and outs to their personalities. I think what it says to our younger guys is you do the right thing, you play well, and we’re going to try take care of you.”

That’s an important point. A team can’t just pay big money to players who have never played there. The team also has to be willing to reward those who have earned second contracts, or the younger players indeed begin to realize that their future will be elsewhere.

If the Eagles keep performing at a high level, they’ll have to do that. Starting with quarterback Jalen Hurts, and extending to others. That’s what a team considers a good problem to have.

15 responses to “Howie Roseman explains the decision to trade for A.J. Brown

  1. No explanation is needed for this steal… Not sure what the hell the Titans were thinking!

  2. Great player, the issue isn’t his skill, it’s the money they paid him.

  3. It’s all about Hurts, no matter who the Eagles bring in at WR. Unfortunately for Philly, trying to prop up questionable QBs by upgrading talent around them rarely works. The Rams gave up on Goff and the Browns gave up on Mayfield for this reason.

  4. I had a preference for them taking Burks there, but considering he can’t even make it through a single practice, I’m happy they went the way they did.

  5. Anquan Boldin played 15 years in the NFL. Playing against him for a long time is not playing against him often. Don’t use him as an example bc you played him once every 3 or 4 years.

  6. His defense of trading draft picks for a receiver could have just stopped after “We drafted DeVonta [Smith]. We drafted Jalen Reagor”.

  7. Last time the Eagles traded a first round pick for a veteran was the deal with Buffalo for Jason Peters. Worked out pretty good for Philly. For Buffalo? Meh.

  8. I think that Howie knew he needed a #1 WR who has some size and strength, and with a couple of WRs off the board, and Howies overall success rate of drafting WRs in ANY rd, is not good. I think Devonta Smith will be a pro bowl WR at some point, but Reagor(picked 1 spot ahead of Justin Jefferson) shouldn’t be here this year. He needs a new start to have ANY chance to pan out.2019 2nd rd pk JJAWS has about 20 catches in 3 seasons and is trying a move to TE this year5th rd pick John Hightower is on practice squad duty still, 6th rd pick Quez Watkins may be a hit, he can take rhe top off the D at times.2018 4th Mack Hollins,& 5th Shelton Gibson have moved on, with no marks in Eagles history.(2nd rd Jordan Matthew’s 3rd rd Josh Huff, 1st rd Nelson Agholor are apparently Chip Kelly’s picks), Marvin McNutt, and Riley Cooper round out Howies WR selections, so it nade alot of sense to sign Brown, a proven game changer, with some injury issues in the past, makes sense in a deal where he has Brandin Brooks $ to use, as well as paying his 3 QBs about 5M total, so Hurts has an o-line, a top 5-8 TE, and 2 WRs (1 who is a proven pro bowler and 1 Rookie who looked promising. If Hurts fails, they can try Minshew, and then they have their own and NO 1st rd pick next year to position themselves for Bryce Young.

  9. Qbs make the wr. Wrs don’t make the qb. But I’m sure Howie already knew that bc he is the smartest gm everrrrrrrrrrr…lol. and also the gm of the luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL.

  10. Scott Arrowsmith says:
    May 15, 2022 at 12:05 pm
    No explanation is needed for this steal… Not sure what the hell the Titans were thinking

    What they were thinking is we cant pay this dude the money hes asking for when we have to give Jeffrey Simmons 100 million dollars next year considering hes the 2nd best defensive tackle in the league besides Aaron Donald. Have to keep our #1 defense together who can sack Joe Burrow 9 times together. And find an offense that can always wins when that happens. I like AJ Brown but give me Big Jeff before him.

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