The Cleveland Browns have traded former 2015 first-round pick Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots for a conditional mid-round selection, according to a report from ESPN. This move is the fourth trade by new Browns general manager John Dorsey over the course of 24 hours.
After agreeing to three trades on Friday, the Browns added to their tally on Saturday when they reportedly completed a trade with the Patriots. Not only is he getting the defensive tackle from Cleveland, but the Patriots are also getting a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Browns.
Shelton, a Washington Huskies product, was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Shelton, a three-year National Football League veteran, has one year remaining on his rookie deal. Neither of the picks are first or second rounders.
Last season, he recorded 33 tackles and one pass breakup in 14 games, where he showed his ability against the run. Though, Shelton did start 44 of a possible 48 games during that span. Most of the time when the Patriots make a deal like this, it turns out to be good for the team.
Shelton, a 6-foot-2, 335-pound run stuffer, helps fortify a front that includes Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy, Vincent Valentine and Adam Butler. The Patriots can also pick up his fifth-year option for 2019, which would be a yet-to-be-determined salary of the average of the third through 25th highest salaries among defensive linemen. New England also released Alan Branch earlier in the week.