Cleveland Browns not standing pat, trading Danny Shelton to Pats

Browns Trade DT Danny Shelton To Patriots

Shelton was a productive player for the Browns, showing solid production in being a run-stuffing defensive lineman.

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Adam Schefter reported that it's Shelton and a Browns 2018 fifth-round pick to the Patriots for the Patriots' third-round pick in 2019.

On Friday, the Browns pulled off deals with the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the Buffalo Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall.

The departure of Shelton, 24, means all 10 of the Browns' first-round picks from 2009-2015 are gone from Cleveland. The former Brown appeared in all but two games throughout his career, an impressive feat for a position as physically demanding as defensive tackle.

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With the Patriots deciding to move on from Alan Branch, and Ricky Jean Francois also announcing he was heading elsewhere, the team was a bit thin up front. The 24-year-old started in a total of 44 games over the past three years with the Browns. While he's not a threat as a pass rusher, he more than makes up his worth as a run defender. Over his three years in the league, the Washington product has recorded a combined 128 tackles.

Shelton will join Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler and Vincent Valentine on the Patriots' defensive tackle depth chart.

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.

Shelton was moving into the last year of his rookie deal, and Cleveland was said to be working on picking up his fifth-year option. As of now, it is unclear if New England will exercise that option.

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