The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to land a star receiver, but not by taking one in the NFL Draft as many expected.
The Eagles agreed Thursday to acquire wide receiver AJ Brown as part of a deal from the Tennessee Titans, returning the No. 18 and No. 101 picks to the draft.
Philadelphia also agreed to a four-year, $100 million extension with Brown as part of the move, according to multiple r
Brown, a 2020 Pro Bowl selection, had been absent from voluntary offseason practices as he entered the final year of his rookie contract. Titans general manager Jon Robinson, however, said last week that he does not consider the team trading Brown.
“I don’t foresee that happening,” he said.
Robinson had remained hopeful that an extension could be reached this offseason.
“The decision we made today was a tough one,” Robinson said at a Thursday night news conference after reaching the deal. “I really appreciate what AJ has done here for our football team, on the pitch, in the community. We had conversations back and forth. We got to a point where it was going to be hard to make a deal and the trade kind of manifested from (there).
Said Brown on Twitter after the deal in a tweet that he later deleted: “Tennessee I love you and you will forever be in my heart and I can say this now… IT WAS NOT MY FAULT. But I wish you all the best. Love.”
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The Titans used the No. 18 pick on a potential Brown replacement in Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks.
Brown steps in alongside 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith as a longtime prime target for the Eagles.
Philadelphia used its other first-round pick on Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis with the No. 13 pick overall.