The Eagles were hooked up to various wide receivers in pre-draft chats, but they didn’t end up taking any of them in the first round of the draft.
They traded for a defensive tackle Jordan Davis for 13th and then swapped out the 19th overall pick for the Titans for a wide receiver. AJ Brown. Coach Nick Siriani explained the allure of acquiring Browns by saying “there is no projection” for a player who has already played at a high level in the NFL, but it wasn’t quite that simple.
Brown was available because extended conversations with the Titans You weren’t progressingHowever, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said the team would not have proceeded with the deal if they could not reach an agreement on a deal with Brown. That left the Eagles and Brown representatives with plenty to do as the draft unfolded.
“The trade was conditional on getting an extension, so there was something we were working on during the enlistment period,” Rosman said. “We were kind of trying to balance finishing that and if we didn’t finish that then making sure we also got the right players. But it didn’t matter – the receivers on the board. For us, AJ Brown was someone we studied in showing up and we spent a lot of time on, and we had Lots of love for AJ Brown in that draft It’s clear that things went differently in that draft. But I’m really excited to get him just in terms of how the coach uses him and sees AJ Brown in that attack and how he compliments the other guys we have here. As you may or may not know his relationship with our quarterback, all things exciting. I’m looking forward to taking him to Philadelphia.”
Brown has agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal, and the Eagles will now switch from trying to land the receiver to making sure he increases his contributions to crime in 2022.