Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Eagles WR A.J. Brown lands 3-year, $96M extension

Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver A.J. Brown agreed to a three-year, $96 million extension, with $84 million in guaranteed money, per multiple media reports Thursday.

The Eagles announced the agreement Thursday but did not release monetary details.

The reported $84 million guaranteed would be the most at Brown’s position in NFL history — eclipsing the guaranteed $77 million that the Detroit Lions are giving Amon-Ra St. Brown. At $32 million per season, Brown would be the highest paid receiver in the NFL and is under contract with the Eagles through 2029.

Brown, 26, is coming off his third Pro Bowl season during which he caught a career-high 106 passes for 1,456 yards and seven scores. He was also named second-team All-Pro while setting an NFL record with six straight games of 125-plus receiving yards.

Brown’s deal means the Eagles have their two star wideouts under long-term contracts. after DeVonta Smith signed a three-year, $75 million ($51 million guaranteed) extension earlier this month. Smith’s deal runs through 2028.

After acquiring Brown from the Tennessee Titans in 2022, the Eagles signed him to a four-year, $100 million extension. Brown has 18 total touchdowns and over 1,400 receiving yards in each of his two seasons with Philadelphia.

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Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) is unable to make the catch against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles looking for more from A.J. Brown in clash vs. Bills

Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown and Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs largely have been kept under wraps this month.

A bounce-back performance by one of these top receivers could determine what happens on Sunday when the Bills (6-5) visit the Eagles (9-1).

Brown was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month in October after catching 40 passes for 700 yards and five touchdowns in five games. He set an NFL record with six straight games of 125-plus yards from Weeks 3-8.

Through two games in November, Brown has eight receptions for 74 yards and one score — including just one catch for 8 yards in Monday night’s 21-17 win at Kansas City. Brown and quarterback Jalen Hurts had an animated chat on the sidelines after a botched play led to a Chiefs interception in the second quarter.

The ever-unflappable Hurts didn’t sound too concerned about it.

“Turnovers happen, the negative plays happen, sacks happen, giving up big plays defensively happens, but it’s about never getting too high or too low,” Hurts said.

Tight coverage by Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed had a lot to do with Brown’s low totals in the box score, but the Eagles outscored Kansas City 14-0 in the second half to extend their winning streak to four games. The defense recorded two takeaways in the red zone and held Patrick Mahomes to 177 yards and a 71.6 passer rating.

Philadelphia is 4-0 at home and 2-1 against the AFC East this season, with wins against the Patriots and Dolphins and its lone loss coming against the Jets in Week 6.

Buffalo is 1-3 away from home, including a London loss to Jacksonville. The Bills are 2-0 against the NFC East with wins over Washington and the New York Giants.

Diggs topped 100 receiving yards in five of Buffalo’s first six games this season and was targeted at least 10 times in six of the first eight contests. So far in November, the three-time Pro Bowler has only 13 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.

Diggs followed up a season-low three receptions during a Week 10 loss to Denver with a season-worst 27 yards in a 32-6 win against the New York Jets last week. The Broncos’ Patrick Surtain II and the Jets’ Sauce Gardner had a lot to do with the limited production.

Diggs expects another tough battle in Philadelphia.

“Obviously a great defense. Well coached. Very skillful players, especially in the back end. And obviously their interior on the D-line speaks for itself,” Diggs said Wednesday.

Buffalo didn’t need a big game from Diggs to smother the Jets and snap a two-game losing streak. Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes, James Cook had 102 yards from scrimmage and a score, Tyler Bass booted four field goals and the defense limited New York to 155 total yards and zero conversions on 11 third downs.

The Eagles opened the 21-day practice window Wednesday for receiver Quez Watkins. Five players did not practice Wednesday: defensive end Derek Barnett (personal), defensive tackle Milton Williams (concussion), safety Justin Evans (knee) and tight ends Dallas Goedert (forearm) and Grant Calcaterra (ankle).

For the Bills, cornerbacks Dane Jackson and Taron Johnson did not practice Wednesday due to concussions. Taylor Rapp sat out with a neck injury and fellow safety Micah Hyde (neck/stinger) was limited. Quarterback Josh Allen (shoulder) was a full participant.

The Eagles are 8-6 all-time against the Bills. Philadelphia won the most recent meeting 31-13 on the road on Oct. 27, 2019.

–Field Level Media

(File Photo) Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (6) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL International Series game at Allianz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles add veteran WR Julio Jones

Wide receiver Julio Jones is making a comeback with the Philadelphia Eagles and could start his 13th NFL season this Sunday night against the Miami Dolphins.

The Eagles signed Jones to the practice squad Tuesday at the suggestion of former Tennessee Titans teammate A.J. Brown. Brown also pushed for the Titans to acquire Jones from the Atlanta Falcons in 2021.

Signing veterans and immediately putting them into action isn’t new for the Eagles (5-1), who signed cornerback Bradley Roby and played him 25 snaps in a win over the Los Angeles Rams a few days later.

Jones, 34, has a few days to get ready for Miami (5-1). He last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 10 games in 2022 with 24 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown leads the Eagles with 42 receptions in six games this season and No. 2 wideout DeVonta Smith has 28 grabs.

Jones was voted to the Pro Bowl seven times, led the NFL in receptions once and receiving yards twice, and is the Falcons’ all-time leader in receptions.

Injuries contributed to slowing him down in 2020 before Atlanta entered a dramatic rebuild. The Falcons drafted Jones sixth overall in 2011 out of Alabama.

In 155 career games, Jones has 903 catches for 13,629 yards and 63 touchdowns. He had 100-plus receiving yards in 59 games.

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) makes a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

No love: JuJu Smith-Schuster trolls James Bradberry; A.J. Brown claps back

Love wasn’t in the air on Tuesday when Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sent a Valentine’s Day card directed at Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry on Twitter.

The card featured a picture of a smiling Bradberry with the words, “I’ll hold you when it matters most.”

The Valentine’s Day greeting comes two days after Bradberry’s costly holding penalty on Smith-Schuster late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVII. The game-changing play helped the Chiefs record a 38-35 victory over the Eagles.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody,” Smith-Schuster wrote.

For his part, Bradberry owned up to his penalty after the game.

“It was holding,” Bradberry said. “I tugged his jersey. I was hoping they would let it slide.”

Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown wasn’t willing to let it slide in relation to Smith-Schuster’s card on social media.

“First off congratulations. Y’all deserve it,” Brown wrote. “This is lame. You was on the way out the league before (Patrick Mahomes) resurrected your career on your 1 year deal Tik-Tok boy. He admitted that he grabbed you but don’t act like your like that or ever was. But congratulations again!”

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Oct 30, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs with football after making a catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles WR A.J. Brown (illness) returns to practice

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday’s session with an illness.

Coach Nick Sirianni said Brown should be fine for Sunday night’s game between the Eagles (9-1) and visiting Green Bay Packers (4-7).

Brown leads the team with 785 yards on 49 receptions, including six touchdowns.

Brown, 25, joined Philadelphia in a draft-day trade with Tennessee after posting two 1,000-yard seasons in three years with the Titans.

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Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) leaves the field after a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals during a AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans trade WR A.J. Brown to Eagles for pair of draft picks

The Tennessee Titans traded disgruntled receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for two draft picks during Thursday night’s NFL draft in Las Vegas.

The Titans acquired a first-round selection (18th overall) and third-round pick (101st) for Brown, who had expressed unhappiness with his contract situation.

According to multiple reports, the Eagles agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal with Brown that includes $57 million in guaranteed money.

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said trading Brown was “just another example of making tough decisions.”

“I’m confident we went to the extreme to try to keep A.J. here,” Vrabel said. “I was involved in the process the entire time. … I know that it probably doesn’t get received like that publicly, but this was a difficult process to get through, and I know what the gap we had to bridge was. This wasn’t easy.”

Tennessee wasted no time finding a potential replacement, using the No. 18 pick on promising Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks — the highest-selected Arkansas wide receiver since the common draft was instituted in 1967.

Burks said, “I am happy to be a part of the team now and play my role. I wouldn’t say I am (Brown’s) replacement, but I am thankful for the opportunity and that they believed in me to make that trade.”

Brown was entering the final season of his rookie contact, a four-year, $5.65 million deal. Since he was a second-round draft choice, there was no fifth-year option for the Titans to consider picking up.

Brown, who turns 25 in June, wasn’t partaking in Titans voluntary workouts and had hinted he expected to have a new lucrative deal before training camp.

Brown, a 2020 Pro Bowl selection, caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in 43 games (36 starts) over three seasons with Tennessee. He had 63 catches for 869 yards and five scores in 13 games last season and missed four games late in the season with a chest injury.

Burks caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games for the Razorbacks last season. He set a school record with six 100-yard outings and earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

Burks had 146 catches for 2,399 yards and 18 touchdowns in 32 career games (30 starts) over three college seasons.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs on the field during warmups before they face the Texans at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR A.J. Brown designated to return from IR

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday.

Brown has not played since Week 11 because of a chest injury. While he technically remains on IR, Brown now can return to practice, while his designation opens a 21-day window to be activated to the 53-man roster.

The Titans also designated defensive back Chris Jackson to return from IR, while rookie cornerback Elijah Molden was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Titans are 9-5 and could use the help at wideout as they try to lock down the AFC South title. They have a one-game lead on the Indianapolis Colts with three games remaining, two of which are at home.

Wide receiver Julio Jones was activated from the IR earlier this month in advance of a 20-0 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars but continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Jones had four catches against the Jaguars but did not have any in a 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday while playing 27 offensive snaps. He did not see action in the second half.

In 10 games this season, all starts, Brown has 46 receptions for 615 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson has 31 tackles with four passes defended in nine games (three starts).

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) tries to get past Indianapolis Colts defenders during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Titans place WR A.J. Brown on injured reserve

The Tennessee Titans put wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve Saturday, one day before a matchup against the New England Patriots.

Brown will miss the next three weeks and be eligible to return for a Thursday, Dec. 23 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Brown underwent X-rays on his ribs that came back negative Monday and was expected to undergo further tests.

Brown, 24, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 22-13 loss to the Houston Texans with what was initially called a chest injury. He also came away with a hand injury, playing 42 snaps before exiting with five catches for 48 yards.

Brown has 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He missed the Titans’ Week 4 game with a hamstring injury.

The Titans (8-3) are already without Derrick Henry for the rest of the season and wide receiver Julio Jones for at least one more game with a hamstring injury. Jones was put on injured reserve Nov. 13.

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Report: X-rays negative on A.J. Brown’s ribs

The X-rays on A.J. Brown’s ribs came back negative Monday, but the Tennessee Titans wide receiver is undergoing further tests, according to NFL Network.

Brown, 24, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans with what was called a chest injury. He played 42 snaps before exiting with five catches for 48 yards. He also injured his hand.

Brown, 24, has 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He missed the Titans’ Week 4 game with a hamstring injury.

The Titans are already without Derrick Henry for the rest of the season and fellow WR Julio Jones for at least one more game with a hamstring injury. Jones was put on injured reserve Nov. 13.

The Titans (8-3) still lead the AFC South by two games and play at New England (7-4) this Sunday.

–Field Level Media