Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Browns trade DL Danny Shelton to Patriots for 2018 pick

Browns trade DL Danny Shelton to Patriots for 2018 pick

The Pats, always active on the trade market, acquired defensive tackle Danny Shelton from the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, according to ESPN's Field Yates and Adam Schefter.

In recent days, the Cleveland Browns have significantly changed their roster, and the New England Patriots were one of the teams to trade with them.

Due to the recent decline of Alan Branch, who won't be back in 2018, the Patriots have been in need of a big body in the middle of the defensive line to help against the run.

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

A 12th-overall draft pick in 2015, Shelton has recorded 128 combined tackles and just 1.5 sacks through 46 games during his three years in the National Football League and wasn't seen as a good fit for the team's new defensive regime.

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The Browns made 10 first-round picks between 2009 and 2015.

The 6-foot-2, 335-pound Shelton is slated to earn a base salary of $2.03 million in 2018.

Shelton was a first rounder in 2015, so the Patriots will give him essentially a one-year audition and it's unlikely they will pick up his fifth year option as a former first rounder.

Cleveland switched from a 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3 last season, and Shelton was not playing over the center as in the past. Though, Shelton did start 44 of a possible 48 games during that span.

Shelton will provide depth for the Patriots' defensive tackle position that includes Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy. And New England's defense was gashed for 164 yards on the ground in the Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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