The 2022 NFL Draft is getting wild. Wide receivers are flying off the board so fast that teams are now resorting to trading away their first round pick for veteran wideouts whose teams no longer want to pay them.
First, it was Marquise “Hollywood” Brown going to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for their 23rd overall pick. Brown was coming off a season in which he recorded 91 receptions for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns.
Things only got bigger from there, as Tennessee Titans wideout A.J. Brown was dealt soon after. He went to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 18th overall pick, as well as Philly’s third-rounder (101st overall).
The Titans then went on to use the 18th pick to replace Brown with Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks.
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You can debate who the winners of these trades are all you want, but it’s pretty clear that the loser here is the Dallas Cowboys.
How can a team that’s not even involved in the deals be a “loser,” you ask? Because earlier in the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys sent high-priced wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for a measly fifth-round pick.
I totally understand that they needed to dump salary and couldn’t afford to pay Cooper anymore, but these teams are going through similar scenarios — especially the Titans, who clearly weren’t willing to pay A.J. Brown the $100-million over four years that the Eagles are now giving him. So how can the Titans and Ravens both come away with first round picks for their star wideouts, while Cooper could net the Cowboys nothing more than a fifth?
We don’t have the answer, and neither does Twitter. So instead of trying to make sense of it all, they just roasted the Cowboys for getting totally ripped off by the Browns in the Cooper deal.
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