Browns Trading Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton to Patriots

Dean Simpson
March 11, 2018

If you somehow missed it, the Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry on Friday, and that wasn't even everything they did.

Just a day after acquiring stud wideout Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, everybody's favorite new National Football League squad trades former first-round selection Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.

It's the fourth trade in the past 24 hours for the Browns, who are quickly trying to turn a corner in their extended rebuilding process under new general manager John Dorsey. Last season, the defensive tackle notched 34 tackles in 16 games, contributing to the Browns improved run defense previous year.

Shelton, a Washington Huskies product, was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.


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

While Shelton won't provide the Patriots with much a pass rusher, he is a massive man that is very strong against the run.

Danny Shelton finishes his Cleveland Browns career with 1.5 sacks and 71 tackles in 46 games played.

The team finally got Green Bay cornerback Damarious Randall in exchange for quarterback Deshone Kizer, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Shelton will fill in nicely for the Patriots on early downs, as he should be a good replacement for Alan Branch. Shelton was not. The second reason for the move was that Shelton's fifth-year option deadline was coming up.

It's expected that Shelton will act as a situational defensive tackle for the Patriots, primarily on rushing downs.

Shelton, 24, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.03 million in 2018. As of now, it is unclear if New England will exercise that option.


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