The Ole Miss alumnus started his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, even if running back Derrick Henry was the offense’s focal point.
In those two years, Brown earned base salaries of $495,000 and $751,926, per Spotrac.
His 2021 numbers dipped, but he still finished with 869 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season.
For those numbers, Brown received a base salary of $1,008,852.
In 2022, his salary will balloon to $3,986,000.
However, he has surpassed expectations, making him worthy of a lucrative contract extension.
Therefore, Brown is expected to hold out by not attending the Titans’ offseason workout program.
It’s a power play for the wideout until he gets a new deal to his liking.
Some football fans and experts might call it a selfish move, but Tennesseean sports columnist Gentry Estes defended him.
The A.J. Brown offseason storyline probably isn't going away soon. He has been playing on a rookie deal at an average salary of about $1.4 million. In the current WR market, he could get upwards of $20 million as soon as this season.
What would you do if you were him? #Titans
— Gentry Estes (@Gentry_Estes) April 18, 2022
Estes tweeted, “The A.J. Brown offseason storyline probably isn’t going away soon. He has been playing on a rookie deal at an average salary of about $1.4 million. In the current WR market, he could get upwards of $20 million as soon as this season. What would you do if you were him?”
If Brown and the Titans couldn’t agree to a new deal, the wideout can walk away in free agency.
Tennessee couldn’t use a fifth-year option on Brown because he was drafted in the second round.
The Wide Receiver Market Is Booming
Hill signed a four-year, $120 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, making him the highest-paid wide receiver in terms of annual average value.
Meanwhile, Adams joined the Las Vegas Raiders on a five-year, $141.25 million contract.
Brown saw those deals, and he would like to get his generous slice of the pie.