Once again, Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman showed why he is a front-office genius.
He acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans in exchange for their 18th and 101st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Titans used the 18th pick to select wideout Treylon Burks.
Meanwhile, Tennessee traded the 101st pick to the New York Jets.
The Eagles got another target for Jalen Hurts and their offense is shaping up to be a serious threat in both the passing and the running game.
If all goes well, the Eagles could make a serious push beyond the regular season.
But beyond Brown’s impact, ESPN’s Field Yates showed how the trade is a steal.
Unfortunately, he since deleted his tweet laying out the reasons.
We still noted them before the surprise deletion.
Philly lit 🔥
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) May 3, 2022
For Yates, the Brown trade stands out because of Brown’s age and the low number of picks surrendered to Tennessee.
Brown Wouldn’t Be A Financial Liability
More importantly, his four-year, $100 million contract is structured to soften his cap hit.
In 2022, he will still play under his rookie contract, giving him a $986,000 base salary.
But come next year, his base salary only jumps to $1,080,000.
From 2022 to 2025, his $18.425 million average salary is lower than prevailing wide receiver market rates.
That’s four years of getting an explosive receiver for a bargain.
That rate also gives the Eagles more flexibility to address other holes in the roster.
By 2026, his base salary elevates to around $30 million.
But with the salary cap increasing every year, his pay isn’t that big of a percentage anymore.
The Eagles lock in Brown during his prime years but without risking a high price tag.