Browns to trade Danny Shelton to Patriots

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns have agreed to trade defensive tackle Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots for a future draft pick. ESPN was the first to report the news, which the Providence Journal subsequently confirmed.

Last season, he recorded 33 tackles and one pass breakup in 14 games, where he showed his ability against the run. An All-American out of Washington, Shelton has been compared to Vince Wilfork. He had 24.0 tackles for lost yardage, recovered seven fumbles, registered 11.5 sacks and had five additional hits on opposing quarterbacks.

Shelton will fill in nicely for the Patriots on early downs, as he should be a good replacement for Alan Branch. Fellow defensvie tackle Ricky-Jean Francois is now set to become a free agent. In 2017, he ranked 19th in the league when it came to run defense among interior linemen. The unit looked solid in playoff games against Tennessee and Jacksonville, but failed in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles, who finished with 164 rushing yards and a 6.1 yards per carry average. The Browns and Patriots have been talking about a Shelton trade the past two days, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer.

The Cleveland Browns are not done dealing and now it's defensive tackle Danny Shelton who is on the move, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His addition allows the Patriots to focus on other more pressing needs in free agency.

New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey continued to wheel and deal on Saturday by agreeing to send Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick in 2019, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.