Patriots Trade For Browns DT Danny Shelton

Mae Harvey
March 11, 2018

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 trade, which can't officially be announced until Wednesday, when the 2018 league year begins, is the fourth trade the Browns have agreed to since Friday. In the six regular season games that Shelton has already played in against the Steelers he has registered just 10 total tackles.

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

Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot wrote Saturday that the 6-foot-2, 335-pound tackle "often occupied two blockers, but never lived up to his first-round status", particularly when the team switched away from a 3-4 defensive scheme. He was a contributor to their elite run defense in 2017 and graded as a top-20 interior defender against the run according to Pro Football Focus. Though, Shelton did start 44 of a possible 48 games during that span.

For the Browns, Shelton's departure opens roster and cap space; he is due about $2 million in guaranteed base salary next year and has a fifth-year option for 2019.

Shelton will fill in nicely for the Patriots on early downs, as he should be a good replacement for Alan Branch.

A first-round pick of the Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Washington, Shelton burst onto the scene after being introduced as the selection when he wrapped up NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a bear hug before posing for photos on the stage in Chicago.

Overall trade grade: B+ for New England.

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Shelton will provide depth for the Patriots' defensive tackle position that includes Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy.

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