The New York Jets were in the mix for wide receiver Tyreek Hill down to the wire. They were one of two teams who had an official offer on the table for the speedy WR. However, Hill opted to join the Miami Dolphins. This means the Jets are still searching for a No. 1 wide receiver for Zach Wilson to throw the ball to, and they’re reportedly turning their attention to the Tennesse Titans‘ roster.
Rumors have started popping up that the Jets are interested in A.J. Brown — a somewhat surprising development considering Brown’s age and ability. The logic behind Tennesee trading him away is hard to find.
The Jets are quietly looking at A.J. Brown
Once the dust settled on the Tyreek Hill trade business, ESPN’s Rich Cimini took to the airwaves to spell out who he thinks New York’s next target will be.
One name to watch is Titans A.J. Brown. Brown wants a new deal and GM Jon Robinson said they were only in “preliminary talks” and they’ll get around to it eventually. If that blows up, I’d watch the Jets. Brown and Elijah Moore are very close, talk every day and Brown credits Moore for helping him through some really dark times – ESPN’s Rich Cimini on his podcast.uSTADIUM
Brown is still under contract with the Titans this season. However, as Cimini states, he’s yet to agree to a long-term extension. They’ve only had preliminary talks. There’s still plenty of time for the two sides to get a deal done, but the lack of certainty surrounding the situation is causing teams (like the Jets) to poke around and test his availability.
Are the Titans preparing for a rebuild?
From the outside looking in, it’s hard to identify why the Titans would trade Brown. He’s only 24 years old and has racked up close to 3,000 yards since debuting in the NFL in 2019.
The Titans have also been a consistent playoff contender with Brown on the roster. They were the literal No. 1 overall seed in a hyper-competitive AFC last season.
With all that in mind, these Brown trade rumors may be stemming from a place of realism in Tennessee. The AFC is loaded with elite quarterback talent these days — the Titans are seemingly being left behind with Ryan Tannehill under center. In fact, the Tennesee front office has done a good amount of research on quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. They clearly understand Tannehill isn’t good enough to compete with Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, etc.
If the Titans can’t make a serious run at the Super Bowl this season, they may look to tear things done and start over. Thus, making Brown expendable in trade talks.
The Titans should still look to extend A.J. Brown
Possible rebuild aside for the moment, the Titans should still be looking to extend Brown this season. Sure, wide receivers are getting easier and easier to find in the draft these days. However, Brown has done enough during his Tennesee career to get a second contract.
Pairing him up with a better quarterback down the line could also do wonders for his production.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.