A.J. Brown: I’m thankful for Tennessee but I’m here in Philly now

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For three years, A.J. Brown was the Titans’ top receiver.

There’s an argument to be made he should have been named the 2019 offensive rookie of the year, as he helped propel the Titans to a postseason appearance with 52 catches for 1,051 yards with eight touchdowns that season. He followed that up with 70 catches for 1,075 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2020, earning a Pro Bowl berth.

Injuries kept him to 13 games in 2021, but he still caught 63 passes for 869 yards with five touchdowns.

But when Tennessee wasn’t willing to pay Brown what he wanted in a long-term deal, the club dealt him to Philadelphia on draft night. The Eagles immediately agreed to new contract with him.

Brown is thriving with the Eagles, catching 53 passes for 831 yards with seven touchdowns through 11 games. His 12th will come against his former team on Sunday.

“Of course I’ve come to peace about it,” Brown said, via Dave Zangaro of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “I’m with the Eagles, we’re 10-1, we’re doing a really good job here. Of course, early on I had mixed emotions but I changed my family’s life forever. That was the goal. I’m thankful for Tennessee but I’m here in Philly now.

Brown noted that, “early on, I wanted to try to finish my career as a Titan. I think I stated that. I learned that it’s a business and you gotta do what’s best [for you] because they’re going to do what’s best for them. You grow up and that’s what I did.”

While Brown added that he’s tried to approach this week as if it’s another game on the schedule, it’s easy to see why it wouldn’t be.

“I feel like regardless of how the trade and everything goes down, I feel like me personally, I won,” Brown said. “I won because, like I said, I changed my family’s life forever. That’s the goal, especially growing up where I’m from and of course I want to do great and accomplish a lot of great things but that’s the reason why we play the game.”

7 responses to “A.J. Brown: I’m thankful for Tennessee but I’m here in Philly now

  1. What’s to be upset about? He’s signed (and earned) a huge contract, he’s crushing it with a 10-1 team, and he plays for a football town now.

  2. He came to a real football city, paid what he’s worth, and he’s on a much better team.

    AJ definitely won!

  3. What’s to be upset about? He’s signed (and earned) a huge contract, he’s crushing it with a 10-1 team, and he plays for a football town now.

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    He came to a real football city, paid what he’s worth, and he’s on a much better team.

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    Great player, good work ethic, good in the community, good for AJ Brown. But insinuating that Nashville is not a real football city / town is quite inaccurate. I haven’t had the pleasure of attending an Eagles game in Philadelphia (aka a real football city and a real football town) but I’ve heard of quite a bit of misbehavior. Perhaps someone can enlighten us. Was there really an Eagles Court at the stadium? Did the snowball incident of 1968 not happen? How about Jimmy Johnson? How was he treated when he visited?

  4. Best pre season move since T..O…this one I feel this will fair better
    Do echo the statement, hold onto the ball. Escaped those two, hopefully we don’t see it again from 11.

  5. Some teams know how to work the salary cap while others don’t. Some teams know how to draft well and others don’t. Tennessee doesn’t seem to be good at drafting or manipulating the salary cap. Letting Brown go will haunt Jon Robinson for the foreseeable future. You had T.O. 2.0 and couldn’t get it done. Titans fans can thumb me down but I’m a titans fan myself. If and when the playoffs come around this trade will show just how short sighted Jon Robinson was in trading Brown.

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