The decision to trade Shelton comes a day after the team acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills, wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins and cornerback Damarious Randall from the Packers. According to multiple media reports, Cleveland has sent 2015 first-round pick Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots. It's the fourth trade the Browns have made now in less than 24 hours. Last season, the defensive tackle notched 34 tackles in 16 games, contributing to the Browns improved run defense past year.
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. In May, the Patriots will decide whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option for 2019. The big-bodied defensive tackle should immediately step in and contribute to a run defense that struggled at times last season.More news: 10 years after financial crisis, Senate prepares to roll back banking rules
Shelton will fill in nicely for the Patriots on early downs, as he should be a good replacement for Alan Branch. The deal is pending Shelton passing a physical. It also means that none of the Browns' first-round picks from 2009 to 2015 are still on the team. Though, Shelton did start 44 of a possible 48 games during that span. And New England's defense was gashed for 164 yards on the ground in the Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He's a massive, space-eating defensive tackle who will provide bulk on the interior alongside Malcom Brown (320 pounds), Lawrence Guy (300 pounds), Vincent Valentine (320 pounds), and Adam Butler (300 pounds).