The 2019 NFL Draft class has been a topic of discussion recently because the deadline for fifth-year options is rapidly approaching. There has also been a lot of talk about what will happen with the group of second-round wide receivers. Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown is a name to keep a close eye on and the Atlanta Falcons might have interest in making a deal.
Deebo Samuel has already asked for a trade from the San Francisco 49ers. D.K. Metcalf has been involved in trade rumors since Russell Wilson was traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos. Last but not least, there is A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans who is already planning to sit out on-field work during the Titans’ offseason program as he seeks a new deal.
All three share the same agent and are all looking to cash in on new contracts. All have earned new deals, as they have proven they are not only three of the best young players at their position, but three of the best players, period.
In three seasons, Brown has amassed 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns. Jon Robinson, the Titans’ general manager, has shut down rumors about Brown being traded and doesn’t foresee a deal happening. But, you never know what will happen once the draft rolls around.
Teams could get aggressive in filling their needs. One team that will be looking to address the wide receiver position is the Atlanta Falcons. As things currently stand, they have the weakest wide receiver group in the NFL headed by Olamide Zaccheaus, Damiere Byrd, KhaDarel Hodge and Auden Tate.
Brown would instantly upgrade that unit being added to the top of it. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith and projected starting quarterback Marcus Mariota both have experience working with Brown as well from when they were with the Titans.
One Falcons reporter, Kris Rhim, via Bleacher Report, believes the Falcons could send picks No. 43 and 190, along with a 2023 four-round pick, to the Titans to snag Brown in a trade. Atlanta doesn’t have a great salary cap situation, as they are still on the hook for Matt Ryan despite trading him to the Indianapolis Colts, but shifting some money around to acquire Brown would be worthwhile.
Holding onto the No. 8 pick would be ideal for Atlanta, as they would be able to address another hole on the roster, or double down at wide receiver and turn what was a perceived weakness into a strength. Or, this could open up the possibility of them taking a quarterback after addressing their wide receiver need with AJ Brown.