Browns Trading Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton to Patriots

11 March, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • FILE- Cleveland Browns nose tackle Danny Shelton sits on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland. The Browns have reportedly agreed to trade Shelton to the Patriots

Once the Browns shifted to a 4-3 defense under coordinator Gregg Williams, Shelton never held the same value to the team, which used in less than 50-percent of defensive snaps.

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The Patriots are also acquiring the Browns' 2018 fifth-round pick and will send their 2019 third-round pick to Cleveland, sources told ESPN.

Updated via @FieldYates and me: Browns trade Danny Shelton and a 5th round pick in "18 for the Patriots" 3rd l-round pick in "19". If you somehow missed it, the Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry on Friday, and that wasn't even everything they did. The former Brown appeared in all but two games throughout his career, an impressive feat for a position as physically demanding as defensive tackle.

The Patriots needed help up front after deciding not to pick up the option on defensive tackle Alan Branch. While there is still some work to do on the defensive side of the ball, getting Shelton is certainly a good start. The 6-foot-2, 343-pound Shelton should bring that to the table.

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Additionally, Shelton is more than capable of making plays on his own. While that's not All-Pro caliber numbers, it's still solid production from an interior lineman.

The Shelton deal continues an active 24 hours for the Browns. In May, the Patriots will decide whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option for 2019. Wilson said Mathieu would be a ideal fit in New England, as he is also capable of playing cornerback and inside linebacker in sub-packages.

Last season, he recorded 33 tackles and one pass breakup in 14 games, where he showed his ability against the run.

Shelton joins a defensive tackle group led by fellow 2015 first-round pick Malcolm Brown, along with fellow tackles Lawrence Guy and Vincent Valentine.

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