‘No bad blood:’ AJ Brown opens up about his relationship with Tennessee following trade to Philly
Ever since AJ Brown was traded to from the Titans to the Eagles during draft night, the Pro Bowl wideout has been pretty vocal with his displeasure on how his former employer handled the situation.
In the weeks leading up to the trade, it was no secret that Brown was seeking a new contract. Based on everything we heard from Tennessee’s brass at the time, it appeared they were willing to pay up. But as contract talks stalled and both parties grew more impatient, Tennessee decided the best path forward was separating from Brown entirely, which culminated with the draft night trade.
The Eagles wasted no time in giving Brown his payday, handing their new receiver a four-year, $100 million contract immediately after the trade went through.
After 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel signed his new contract earlier this week, Brown took to Twitter to throw shade at Tennessee for not giving him a similar deal.
One scroll through the replies to his tweet and it’s no surprise that Brown feels the way he does. Fans naturally pick sides in situations like this. More often than not, they end up sticking with their team, not the player.
Fast forward to Thursday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero caught up with Brown following practice at the NovaCare Complex. Of course, the Tennessee question was brought up yet again.
“You know, it’s a business, and I’m not upset about the trade or anything because it is a business or whatever,” Brown said. “But to be honest, I just didn’t appreciate how it all went down, and they just kind of blamed me for it. I’m man enough to say that, however people may take it. But I have no bad blood with Tennessee. I’m moving forward. I’m happy to be here. But (there are) a lot of things people don’t know about, and they’re just pointing fingers at me. But that’s OK.”
We’ll probably never know what truly happened between AJ Brown and the Titans
AJ Brown has his side of the story and Tennessee has theirs. The Titans will never come out and take full responsibility for how the whole thing played out and neither will Brown. It’s best to let bygones be bygones here; that seems to be Brown’s approach.
At the end of the day, the Eagles got their guy and Brown seems more than happy to be here. The Week 13 matchup against Tennessee can’t come soon enough.
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