The Tennesee Titans made a shocking move during the 2022 NFL Draft, trading star receiver A.J Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tennesee got two picks in return from the Eagles, including the 18th pick in the draft which the Titans used to draft Brown’s replacement, Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 29, 2022
Brown and the Titans were in the midst of contract negotiations that played a big role in the team moving him.
The Eagles took very little time to give Brown the massive contract he was looking for, signing the star receiver to a four-year $100 million extension that featured $57 million guaranteed.
While the Titans decided not to pay Brown in the hopes that Burks can become a star in the league someday, not everyone in the organization is pleased with the move.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill discussed the trade on Thursday and said that the organization trading his top receiver has been weighing on his mind as of late.
“I was shocked,” said Tannehill. “When I first found out, I’m like, ‘This isn’t real, this isn’t happening, it’s a rumor.’ And then, I talked to A.J. and found out it was real. I slept terrible that night and kept thinking it was just a bad dream, but that’s where we’re at.”
The A.J. Brown trade wasn’t the only thing that the Titans did on draft night that can be detrimental to Tannehill going forward. The team also used their third-round pick to select Liberty quarterback Malik Willis.
Tannehill has recently caught some flack for his comments about Willis being drafted, saying “I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him.”
The truth of the matter is that Tannehill is 33 years old and the Titans likely see Willis as a likely replacement for him as the team’s starting quarterback down the road. Many players likely don’t want to help their eventual successor take their job, but Tannehill probably should have kept those comments to himself.
Tennesee’s moves during the NFL Draft certainly did Tannehill no favors going forward as he will be without his best receiver next season, along with his job feeling in jeopardy with Willis waiting in the wings to replace him.