A.J. Brown Traded To Eagles

To choose between an experienced NFL star and an unknown who has never played in the league, you’d naturally go with Brown, who has already proven himself to be one of the best players in the league. Price is the only thing that is different here. After agreeing to terms with the Eagles, Brown has signed a five-year, just under $104 million contract. Over the next four years, Burks will earn a total of $14.4 million, with a possible fifth-year option in 2026. A no-brainer if they think Burks can produce as well as Brown, given that they can now utilize those savings to improve other positions on their roster.

What do you think? In my opinion, Brown is a truly exceptional player, and I would have liked to find an additional few million dollars over the course of the next two years to secure his contract. It’s a huge gamble for Tennessee, and it may either be a smart move or a huge error in three years.

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Why Did Eagles Acquire A.J. Brown?

1. After making a quarterback switch, the Eagles have a clean slate. There are advantages to having a quarterback on a rookie contract, such as being able to afford a talented supporting cast. Last offseason, Philadelphia signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith before trading for Golden Tate to get Carson Wentz.

As a result of Wentz’s departure, the Eagles have the ability to spend a lot more money on the offensive line. Before Thursday, their primary offensive targets were all rookies or making close to the veteran minimum salary. Jalen Hurts, the team’s starting quarterback, has a four-year, $6 million contract in place. Philadelphia, of all teams, has the financial wherewithal to make such a significant commitment to a wide receiver entering the prime of his career.

2. In order to make this transaction, the Eagles have positioned themselves in a situation where they don’t have to give up their draught picks. Financial and draught capital are both examples of “investment” in the previous statement. Additionally, after dealing Wentz in 2021 and dropping from the No. 6 pick in last year’s draught, they now have extra draught picks to complete this transaction in the future. GM Howie Roseman would be silly to see the acquired picks as less significant, but the team was still able to keep its other first-rounder in 2022 and its extra first-rounder in 2023 while completing this deal.

The Eagles may still sign a new quarterback next offseason if they decide to part ways with Hurts after this season. Even if they bring in an experienced quarterback at the moment, having Brown on the roster will make it simpler for him. Last week, I argued that he’s the most probable wide receiver in this class to have a successful career. This will be even more true if the Eagles increase his workload and snap count.

3. The Eagles haven’t done well with wide-outs in the past few seasons. For this squad, the long-term strategy was to invest in high-priced free-agent receivers and options while Wentz was on a cheap contract before switching to lower-priced draught picks as Wentz’s contract grew more expensive. There was probably no way that Roseman & Co. anticipated trading Wentz in 2021, but even before then they had invested first and second-round draught picks on wide receiver and then used a first-round draught pick last season

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These maneuvers could result in a failing grade or a failing grade. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, a second-round draught pick in 2019, has 290 receiving yards over the course of three seasons. This year’s first-round prospect Jalen Reagor averaged just 18 receiving yards per game. In his first season, Eagles’ first-round wideout DeVonta Smith outperformed both players, but the team was linked to other top-tier wide receivers to pair with him.

With a 1-for-3 record (and that doesn’t include 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor), does it make sense for the Eagles to go back into the well and try to land another highly drafted receiver? The value of a team trading a first-round pick for a player and giving the player a top-of-the-line deal is always questionable, but I can see why Philadelphia would want assurance after a few questionable picks.

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4. The Eagles aren’t picking up Brown at the peak of his career. By utilizing Brown more regularly, it is possible that the Eagles will get more out of him than the Titans. With Hurts at the helm, the Eagles shifted to a run-first approach later in the season, but Brown’s addition offers them a weapon to complement Smith and Goedert in the passing game. Brown should have more opportunities in 2022 if the Eagles are more balanced. Perhaps this will be his most productive year ever.

5. When evaluating Hurts, there are no excuses. The Eagles now have everything a young quarterback needs thanks to the acquisition of a terrific wide receiver. When you consider the caliber of Philadelphia’s receivers and offensive line, few clubs have a more thrilling offensive framework. To make life simpler for the future quarterback of the Eagles, there should be nothing missing from his current team’s roster. The Eagles have their man if Hurts performs well. Otherwise, they’ll know to move on.

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