Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver AJ Brown fit in very well in his first season with his new team, playing a pivotal role in getting them to Super Bowl LVII.
Although Brown and the Eagles did not achieve their ultimate goal, it is clear that they are one of the best in the league and have a chance to return next season.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts is also a very important piece of the Eagles’ puzzle, and Brown believes he should stay that way for years to come.
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If not, Brown wants another trade.
«I love Philadelphia,» he told the «Raw Room» podcast Monday. «And what I’m about to say: don’t pay this man, just take me where he wants him to go.»
When the Tennessee Titans traded Brown to the Eagles, he immediately signed an extension worth $100 million over the next four years.
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But extension talks regarding Hurts have been swirling even before he entered the playoffs with an NFL-best 14-3 record and surged through the competition there to reach Super Bowl LVII, where he threw for 304 yards with a touchdown and rushed for three with 70. rushing yards in his best effort to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Hurts is under contract for next season, but after that he will become an unrestricted free agent. He’s done more than enough to show the Eagles that he’s their franchise quarterback, but Brown called in general manager Howie Roseman to work on that new deal.
«Listen, are you talking about pressure? Howie, do it,» he said.
When you take a look at Brown’s stats this season, it’s hard to question his inflexible nature regarding his teammate’s contract situation. Brown had a career-high 1,496 yards, which is the Eagles’ single-season record. He tied his career high for touchdowns with 11 passing and had the most receptions and goals by far in his career (88 and 145 respectively).
The Eagles clearly valued Brown, knowing that he teaming up with DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert and others would create a dangerous passing attack as long as Hurts could be accurate and make the right plays.
He did exactly that.
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Could things change now that offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is head coach of the Indianapolis Colts? Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is still in his shoes and knows the value that Hurts and Brown brings to the table. And while defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is also in the next stage of his career as the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach, Philadelphia still has many of its defensive studs under contract.
However, Hurts’ contract situation will be a hot topic this offseason, as the Eagles certainly don’t want anyone else to have the opportunity to sign him in free agency. Roseman and the front office have the upper hand right now, and Brown wants them to take advantage of it.
«Obviously we want to keep our best players here for the long term and he’s certainly one of our best players,» Roseman said Thursday, via The New York Post. «We’ll have all internal contract talks, but we’d definitely like to keep Jalen Hurts here for the long haul.»
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«I will definitely try to do everything in my power to stay with Jalen for as long as I can, him and DeVonta,» Brown added. «Me and DeVonta are a good duo. I’m definitely going to try to keep that up for as long as I can. He’s growing bro, on another level. At some point, he’ll be on top. He’s definitely going to try to keep the team together, man, and try to win while we’re together.»