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Jalen Hurts social media post sparks AJ Brown trade chatter

Jalen Hurts in pads

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs off the field after loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Whether he meant it or not, Jalen Hurts sparked some trade speculation over the weekend with one of his social media posts.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback shared a picture from a workout with Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown. Brown has been seeking a new contract, which has sparked a few trade rumors.

Is this a sign that Brown is eyeing a move to the Eagles? Maybe, but probably not. Pictures from Brown’s Instagram show that Hurts was at Brown’s daughter’s birthday party, and the two probably took advantage of the time together to get some work in on the side.

The Titans have been adamant that Brown is not on the trade block. The two sides would probably rather work out a long-term contract, though nothing appears close on that front.

Titans GM addresses potential A.J. Brown trade

AJ Brown smiles during a game

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple teams have traded their star receivers during the NFL offseason so far, but it doesn’t look like the Tennessee Titans will follow suit.

During a pre-draft press conference on Thursday, Titans GM Jon Robinson delivered a blunt response when asked about the possibility of the Titans trading A.J. Brown.

“I do not foresee that happening,” Robinson stated.

Robinson also revealed that he and Brown’s camp have had discussions about a possible contract extension.

“We’ve had some discussions with his reps,” Robinson said. “When [Brown] was here a couple weeks ago, I talked to him. We’re working through that.”

“We’ve made it public about how we feel about A.J. and how we want him to be a part of this football team.”

Questions about Brown’s future with the Titans are well-warranted.

Brown has expressed his desire for a new contract, and is one of several wide receivers skipping on-field work during their team’s offseason workouts.

In addition, the flurry of recent offseason trades and signings involving some of the league’s top talent at the position has emboldened other players to seek out new contracts of their own. This includes Deebo Samuel, who remains far apart with the San Fransisco 49ers on a potential agreement.

The Las Vegas Raiders signed Davante Adams to a five-year, $141.25 million contract after acquiring him via trade.

The Miami Dolphins gave Tyreek Hill a four-year, $120 million contract, while Stefon Diggs signed a four-year, $104 million extension with the Buffalo Bills.

Brown has certainly proven his value to the Titans early on in his career. In three seasons with the team, he has 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns.

However, with a plethora of talented wide receivers in this year’s draft class to choose from, the door is still open for the Titans to trade Brown if his contract demands are too high.

AJ Brown becomes latest NFL star to pull notable social media move

AJ Brown smiles during a game

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL world already knew Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown is hunting for a new contract. If it wasn’t already clear, however, Brown removed all doubt on Monday.

Brown’s Twitter biography had previously read “TENNESSEE,” but that changed Monday. The star wide receiver quietly removed the reference, leaving a blank bio instead.

Removing all references to one’s team has been a popular way for some NFL stars to express dissent over their contract situations. Kyler Murray is the most prominent example, though he tried to claim it was unrelated.

Brown is not telling us anything we did not already know here. The wide receiver is one of several at his position seeking a new contract. In recent days, he’s seemingly criticized Titans fans, which may also have something to do with the social media change.

AJ Brown seemingly unhappy with Titans fans

AJ Brown warms up before a game

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Tennessee Titans began their voluntary offseason program on Monday, but AJ Brown has chosen not to take part in on-field workouts. That is because the star wide receiver wants a new contract, and he seems bothered by the lack of support from fans.

Brown is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He is one of several top NFL receivers who want to be the next to sign one of the insanely rich contracts that have been handed out at the position in recent weeks. It would appear some fans have expressed their displeasure with Brown over that. The Pro Bowler tweeted about the situation on Monday.

That could have been directed at fans, the media or both. Either way, Brown clearly feels there is some narrative surrounding him that is unfair.

Brown had over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first two NFL seasons. He finished with 869 yards last year despite missing four games. The 24-year-old also has 24 touchdowns in three seasons and is one of the best possession receivers in football. He is likely seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $142.5 million extension Davante Adams signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Report: Several top WRs planning to skip offseason workouts

AJ Brown smiles during a game

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

A number of wide receivers have cashed in with massive contract extensions this offseason, and there are several more eligible players at the position who are hoping to do the same. Some of those players are reportedly planning to stay away from their respective teams for a while.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that AJ Brown, Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurin will all skip on-field work during their teams’ offseason programs. All of the receivers have just one year remaining on their rookie deals, as they were drafted later than the first round.

The Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders began their offseason program on Monday. The San Francisco 49ers will get started on Tuesday.

DK Metcalf, who is also seeking a new contract, is expected to join the Seattle Seahawks for on-field work on Tuesday. Metcalf has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this offseason.

None of the receivers would be subject to fines for skipping the first phase of the offseason program, which is voluntary. However, Deebo Samuel will forego a $50,000 roster bonus if he chooses to stay away.

The market for wide receivers has gone bonkers this offseason. Davante Adams signed a five-year, $142.5 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders after they acquired him in a trade. The deal includes $67.5 million guaranteed. Tyreek Hill then topped that with a four-year, $120 million contract that includes $72.2 million guaranteed after he was traded to the Miami Dolphins. Stefon Diggs signed a four-year, $104 million extension with the Buffalo Bills.

You can understand why Samuel and others want to cash in. The Niners star recently dropped a hint about his asking price. It is fair to assume his peers are seeking the same.

Mike Vrabel makes firm statement on AJ Brown trade rumors

Mike Vrabel on the sidelines

The Tennessee Titans are doing all they can to silence lingering trade rumors surrounding star wide receiver AJ Brown.

In an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” Thursday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel made a very firm statement about Brown’s potential trade availability. Vrabel made clear that as long as he had a say, Brown was going nowhere.

“Not as long as I’m the head coach,” Vrabel said. “I love AJ professionally, personally. I’ve gotten to know him well as his coach and enjoy seeing him as much as I possibly can. … As long as I’m the coach here, I would want to have AJ Brown on my football team.”

There never seemed to be much to the Brown trade rumors. If they were linked to anything, it’s mostly that several other top receivers have either been paid or traded during the offseason. Brown certainly appears to be in line to get paid, but not traded.

Photo: Jan 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV/The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK

AJ Brown set to be next WR to get huge payday?

AJ Brown smiles during a game

The NFL offseason has been huge for wide receivers, as several stars have received enormous paydays. There may be more to come based on the comments of Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson.

Robinson revealed Sunday that the team wants to see how much cap room it has once it sorts out its most pressing offseason needs. After that, retaining wide receiver AJ Brown on a long-term deal will be “part of our goal.”

“Right now, we are just trying to get through this free agency period, seeing where we’ve landed cap-wise,” Robinson said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “AJ is an important part of what we do. He’s a great teammate, he works hard, he’s about what we’re about. A.J. is a Titan and we want to keep A.J. a Titan. And that’s part of our goal this offseason, or whenever that manifests itself, to come to an agreement to keep him around.”

The question of what Brown would be worth is a fair one. He is regarded as one of the game’s best wide receivers, and plenty of others at his position have received massive contracts in the last month. Though Brown has 24 touchdowns in three seasons, he is not quite as accomplished as some of his peers. At the same time, he’ll only be 25 when the season starts.

Brown has certainly been paying attention to the market. He will not be cheap to extend.

Photo: Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Brown denies throwing shade at Ryan Tannehill

AJ Brown smiles during a game

AJ Brown had very high praise for Marcus Mariota after the veteran quarterback signed with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week. Some people thought the compliment might have been a subtle shot at Ryan Tannehill, but Brown insists it had nothing to do with that.

Brown reacted to the news of Mariota going to the Falcons by tweeting that Mariota is the “best leader I ever been around.” The Tennessee Titans star deleted the tweet, but BroBible captured a screenshot. That wasn’t the first time Brown had said that about Mariota, as he made the same comment after the former second overall pick signed with the Las Vegas Raiders two years ago.

Former Titans wide receiver Derrick Mason told 102.5 The Game in Nashville this week that he thinks Brown’s remark about Mariota shows a lack of faith in Tannehill. Brown responded on Friday and told Mason he is “completely wrong.”

Brown followed up by telling fans not to “attack” Mason and to show respect for all the former receiver did in Tennessee.

Even if Brown didn’t intend to knock Tannehill with his Mariota praise, you can understand why the tweet created some awkwardness. Tannehill has been the starting quarterback in Tennessee the entire time Brown has played for the team. Brown has put up some monster numbers during those three seasons. That said, Brown can still view Tannehill as a great leader without the QB being the best leader he has ever been around.

Photo: Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans’ AJ Brown does not understand how the salary cap works

AJ Brown smiles

A.J. Brown sent some tweets on Saturday that indicate he does not understand how the NFL salary cap works.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper was traded Saturday from the Cowboys to the Browns. Cleveland is only giving Dallas a fifth-round pick, while the teams are swapping sixth-round picks. That’s not much compensation for a 27-year-old receiver with five 1,000-yard seasons in his career.

Brown seemed bewildered that a good receiver like Cooper yielded so little in a trade.

Brown also pumped up Cooper as being a good player.

Nobody is disputing Brown’s belief that Cooper is a good receiver and more valuable than players you can draft in the fifth round. But that’s not the only component that factors into the compensation a team is willing to give up for a player.

The big issue with Cooper is simple: he’s too expensive. Cooper is due $20 million each of the next three seasons. So the question isn’t so easy as: how good of a player is Cooper? The question is whether Cooper is worth using 10 percent of your budget on. And most teams recognize he’s not worth that kind of money and that they can find much better ways to spend $20 million.

Were Cooper under contract for $10-$12 million per season, then you would have seen many more teams interested in him and willing to give up more picks. But at $20 million, most teams are taking a pass.

Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans star AJ Brown had funny reaction to Aaron Rodgers contract

AJ Brown smiles

AJ Brown had a funny reaction to learning about Aaron Rodgers’ new contract.

News broke on Tuesday that Rodgers informed the Green Bay Packers he would be returning to them next season. Then we heard he was going to be signing a 4-year, $200 million deal.

Brown, who just completed his third season with the Tennessee Titans, was impressed by the reported contract figures. The wide receiver joked that he picked the wrong position to play.

That’s true.

If you want to get paid in the biggest way as an NFL player, go play quarterback. Being a top wide receiver isn’t a bad way to get paid either though.

Though he’s not making $200 million, compared to the average person, Brown is doing much more than fine. He’s entering the final year of a four-year, $5.65 million rookie contract with Tennessee. He’s already posted two 1,000-yard seasons and made one Pro Bowl, so Brown is set to cash in much bigger on his free agent deal. He just won’t be getting that $200 million. Interestingly, Rodgers did somewhat dispute his own contract figures.

Regardless of the details, we do know Rodgers will be paid big bucks by the Packers.

Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports