The Philadelphia Eagles traded their No. 18 overall and a third-round pick (No. 101) in exchange for wide receiver A.J. Brown who was entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Eagles reportedly offered Brown a four-year, $100 million with $57 million guaranteed. His departure left the Titans with Robert Woods who is recovering from an ACL injury last November, and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine as starting wideouts.
The Titans immediately used their No. 18 pick to draft Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks as the “new A.J. Brown.” At 6-3 and 225 pounds, Burks is a near-clone to Brown and will come at a cost far less than the $100 million that Brown will get from the Eagles.
A.J. Brown’s Career Stats
More importantly for fantasy purposes, Brown is a major upgrade to the Eagles’ receiving corps. They spent their 1.10 pick last year to acquire DeVonta Smith (64-916-5) who led the team. Quez Watkins was a second-year former sixth-round pick that showed some promise last season. The addition of Brown reshuffles the depth chart with Smith and Brown as the starters. That carries the potential to develop into one of the better tandems in the NFL.
This is also a major benefit for third-year quarterback Jalen Hurts who already passed for 3,928 yards and 26 touchdowns last year with a far less talented set of receivers. The move sets up the Eagles’ offense to take another step up in the NFC East. Brown continues to provide No. 1 fantasy wideout value that should see an increase in a new offense that is predicated on the pass instead of the run.