The blockbuster trade for A.J. Brown stole all the headlines during Round 1. Instead of sitting back and waiting for an unknown rookie like Treylon Burks to fall, the Philadelphia Eagles made a calculated move for a proven Pro Bowl receiver. It was a stroke of genius, but one that almost didn’t happen.
Late Thursday night, after all 32 picks were completed, Howie Roseman detailed the events leading up to the trade. The Eagles’ general manager was on the phone with Brown’s agents trying to negotiate a contract extension up until the last minute.
“It was getting tight, it was really getting tight,” Roseman said, “and we were just trying to balance it all and I’m just fortunate to have a great staff.”
They finally hammered something out at about the same time the Texans selected Kenyon Green at No. 15. Three picks later, it was completed and the Titans chose Burks.
“The hardest part was balancing it all in the time that we had,” Roseman told reporters, “and trying to be fair to the Titans as well, that obviously they had to make a pick and get on the clock if we were going to make this trade.”
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Contrary to belief, the trade wasn’t contingent on any rookie receivers rising or falling. Roseman had zeroed in on Brown due to the Eagles’ previous interest in him during the 2019 draft, plus Brown’s relationship with Jalen Hurts made the move a slam dunk.
“A.J. Brown was somebody that we had studied coming out [in 2019], spent a lot of time on and we had a lot of love for A.J. Brown in that draft,” Roseman said. “Obviously things went a different way in that draft. Real excited to get him just in terms of how Coach [Nick Sirianni] can use him and his vision for A.J. Brown in this offense and how he complements the other guys that we have here. And as you guys may or may not know his relationship with our quarterback, all exciting things and looking forward to getting him into Philadelphia.”
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