Titans' Ryan Tannehill reacts to losing AJ Brown: 'It hurts'

星期二, Tannehill spoke to the media for the first time since the electric Pro Bowl wideout was traded Thursday to the 费城老鹰队 during the first round of the 2022 NFL选秀.

Tannehill acknowledged he will miss his former teammate both professionally and personally.

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Ryan Tannehill #17 and A.J. 棕色 #11 of the Tennessee Titans talk on the field during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2021, 在纳什维尔, 田纳西州.  The Titans defeated the Bills 34-31.

Ryan Tannehill #17 and A.J. 棕色 #11 of the Tennessee Titans talk on the field during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2021, 在纳什维尔, 田纳西州. The Titans defeated the Bills 34-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

“明显, professionally, it hurt,” Tannehill 告诉记者. “Top target, heckuva football player, made big plays for us consistently over the last three years.

“亲身, it hurt,” 他加了. You know A.J.’s a good friend. Have a lot of great times, great memories on and off the field with him. “Not being able to see him on a daily basis is going to be different, going to be hard. Happy to see him get what he wanted, 但最终, it hurts.

The Eagles acquired Brown in exchange for a pair of draft picks, including the No. 18 overall pick, which the Titans used to select Arkansas standout Treylon Burks. During three seasons with the Razorbacks, Burks totaled 2,399 receiving yards and caught 18 触地得分, as he hopes to be Tannehill’s new top target.

TITANS SEND AJ BROWN TO EAGLES IN BLOCKBUSTER TRADE

After the trade was announced, Tannehill took to social media to bid farewell to Brown, 他叫他的人 “brother for life.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates with wide receiver A.J. 棕色 (11) after they combined for a 24-yard touchdown pas against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, 十月. 24, 2021, 在纳什维尔, 天恩.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates with wide receiver A.J. 棕色 (11) after they combined for a 24-yard touchdown pas against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, 十月. 24, 2021, 在纳什维尔, 天恩. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Saying ‘it’s a businessnever makes the business moments any easier, but I’m grateful to have built a bond with this dude that goes way beyond the field,” 他 在Instagram上写. “My brother for life @1k_alwaysopen…Philly got a great one.

Tannehill will now be competing with Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, who the Titans grabbed with the No. 86 overall pick in the third round. 与此同时, the loss of Brown came after speculation that the team would trade him amid an already eventful offseason surrounding NFL wide receivers.

The wide receiver market has exploded this offseason, 与 Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, 斯蒂芬·迪格斯, and Christian Kirk all receiving massive deals. Speedy wide receiver Deebo Samuel has also reportedly requested a trade from the 旧金山49人队.

J. 棕色 #11 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after a big catch during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Nissan Stadium on January 22, 2022, 在纳什维尔, 田纳西州. The Bengals defeated the Titans 19-16.

J. 棕色 #11 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after a big catch during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Nissan Stadium on January 22, 2022, 在纳什维尔, 田纳西州. The Bengals defeated the Titans 19-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2019 NFL选秀, Brown caught 185 通过 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns over three seasons in Nashville. He was given a four-year, $ 100 million contract extension with $ 57 million guaranteed as a part of the trade, 野马队将聘请绿湾包装工队进攻协调员纳撒尼尔哈克特作为他们的下一任主教练.

During a news conference Monday, Brown declined whether he requested a trade. He called leaving the Titans “苦乐参半,” while expressing his excitement for the next chapter in Philadelphia.

It was bittersweet, I was a little sad that the Titans were on board with the trade, but it’s a part of the business and that’s fine,” 布朗说, 通过 NFL.com. “Once everything got done and the trade went through and [Eagles quarterback] Jalen Hurts called me, he made it a lot easier. 就像我说的, it’s been bittersweet, but I’m so excited to be a part of a great organization.

Things happen and you move on. I appreciate the Titans for everything they did for me,” 他加了. “I have no bad blood with the Titans.

福克斯新闻’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report