The Philadelphia Eagles made headlines Thursday at the NFL Draft acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans for the 18th and 101st overall picks. The Titans later flipped that 101st pick to the Jets in a trade that landed Jermaine Johnson in New York.
Brown, who was disgruntled in Tennessee over his contract is one of several high profile receivers who have demanded trades this off-season. Tyreek Hill was shipped from Kansas City to Miami. The Seahawks considered shipping DK Metcalf, and the 49ers were considering doing the same with Deebo Samuel. Neither Samuel, nor Metcalf have been dealt.
Ironically, the New York Jets were in on all of these possibilities, including Brown, but nothing came to fruition.
All told, the #Eagles spent 6 drafts picks tonight on Jordan Davis and A.J. Brown:— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 29, 2022
Davis: No. 15 (1st rd), 124 (4th), 162 (5th), 166 (5th)
Brown: No. 18 (1st), 101 (3d)
Contracts for both will total around $120M, $80M guaranteed.
A seismic day in recent team history.
The Eagles turned Carson Wentz into an extra first round pick and then turned an extra first round pick into A.J. Brown.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
There were other pieces and moves involved, but not a bad trade off in the end for Philly.
Brown and the Eagles agreed to new four year deal worth $100 million with $57 million guaranteed. He was in the final year of his rookie deal. The Eagles get a big playmaker for quarterback Jalen Hurts, something the Eagles didn’t have last year.
In his three-year career, the 24-year old Brown has two seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. Last season was a down year for him, posting 869 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile the Eagles picked up former Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis with the 13th pick in the draft. The lumbering 6-foot-6, 341 lb. lineman gives Philly much needed depth upfront and could be an instant starter. He was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Senior CLASS Award for his academic and athletic achievements. Davis started 14 of 15 appearances in 2021, posting 32 tackles, 5.5 for loss with two sacks.