Browns trade DL Danny Shelton to Patriots for 2018 pick
You thought the Cleveland Browns were finished? You thought they’d rest on Saturday?
If so, you thought wrong.
Just a day after acquiring stud wideout Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, everybody’s favorite new NFL squad trades former first-round selection Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.
Along with Shelton, a mid-round 2019 selection will head to Bill Belichick while Cleveland’s expected to receive a Pats 2018 draft pick.
Shelton, 24, was the 12th overall pick via the Browns during the 2015 NFL Draft. From a Pats perspective, it could be a great gamble as the three-year pro enters the final year of a rookie deal that accounts for $3.723 million of the cap in 2018.
The Auburn product has started 44 games of a possible 46 in three seasons with the Browns. Though only 1.5 sacks have been piled up during his career, this is a monster of a man at 343 pounds who’s best suited as a run-stuffing nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme.
In 2017, Cleveland moved to a 4-3 system and Shelton’s struggles continued.
Belichick’s a man who’s always adhered to 3-4 principles first. Though he does switch up his base at times—depending on personnel—throwing a talented Auburn product in the mix at 3-4 nose tackle at a reasonable price on a walk year is classic Bill Belichick.
Danny Shelton finishes his Cleveland Browns career with 1.5 sacks and 71 tackles in 46 games played.