Brown's Eagles ultimatum: Re-sign Hurts or 'ship me off'
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown says the franchise can trade him if they do not re-sign quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Brown and Hurts struck up an outstanding combination during the 2022 season as the Eagles reached the Super Bowl. The pair linked up for 10 passing touchdowns, almost half of Hurts' 22 for the regular season.
Hurts is eligible for a contract extension as he enters the final year of his rookie deal, having had a career-high 66.3 QBR in 2022.
Earlier this week, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Hurts' prospective contract extension a "priority" and Brown called on him to "get it done".
"They have to give Jalen a house, the building, the State," Brown said jokingly on the Raw Room podcast. "They gotta pay him.
"Listen, I love Philly. And what I'm about to say, you do not pay this man, just ship me off wherever he's [about to] go. Listen, so you're talking about pressure? Howie, get it done."
Hurts, 24, enjoyed a career-best year in his third NFL campaign, rushing in 13 touchdowns along with his 22 passing TDs in the regular season while registering 11 combined interceptions and fumbles.
His 165 carries were the second-most by a QB in a single season, trailing only Lamar Jackson's 176 during his 2019 MVP season, and only Cam Newton's 2011 season saw a quarterback rush for more touchdowns (14).
It was also the first time in Eagles history that the franchise won 14 games in a regular season, although they had two 13-3 seasons before the league added a 17th game in 2021.
"I'm definitely going to do everything in my power to play as long with Jalen as I can, him and DeVonta [Smith]," Brown said.
"Me and DeVonta, man, we're a great tandem. I'm definitely going to try to keep that going as long as I can. [Smith is] up and rising on another level. shoot, at some point he's gonna be up [for his own contract], so definitely you wanna try to keep the team together."