AJ Brown: Playing with ‘best friend’ Jalen Hurts will be ‘really special’


Ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson both tried to shut down rumors suggesting star receiver AJ Brown could be traded this spring or summer. The situation changed, however, when Tennessee sent Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles on the first night of the player selection process.

In Philadelphia, Brown will be responsible for catching passes thrown by quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has received several public votes of confidence from notables such as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, head coach Nick Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman before the draft. Brown made it clear when speaking with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark (h/t Dave Zangaro) that he was looking forward to playing alongside his new starting signalman.

“I kind of knew that earlier today,” the former Pro Bowl selection said of the trade. “But I was excited. I can play with my best friend and it’s great to be part of this great organization.”

The 24-year-old referred to Hurts in the last sentence of this part of his comments.

“Man, it’s gonna be really special, man,” Brown added of his time on the Eagles’ offense with Hurts. “I’m so excited to play with someone who thinks like me. I talk to him every day, no matter what football thing. I’m so excited to play with him. He’s a quarterback and I’m a receiver, then we get on the same page quickly.”

Brown has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $100 million extension with the Eagles, with $57 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Kimberley Martin (h/t Tim McManus). Such a financial commitment to the passing offense will have Hurts under the figurative microscope throughout his third professional season, especially if he underperforms early next fall.




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