Browns reportedly trade former first-round pick Danny Shelton to the Patriots

Patriots Acquire DT Danny Shelton From Browns

The Browns sent 24-year-old defensive end Danny Shelton to New England in a package deal, capping off a dizzying 24 hours of high-profile trades by the recently woeful franchise.

But in the case of the Browns, there are several reasons they made the move to get rid of Shelton. In return, Cleveland will be getting third-round pick in the 2019 draft from the Patriots, according to

A 12th overall pick by the Browns in 2015 out of Washington, Shelton tallied 128 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass breakup in 46 career outings with Cleveland. Most of the time when the Patriots make a deal like this, it turns out to be good for the team. Ricky Jean-Francois will also be playing elsewhere in 2018.

Although Shelton never became a superstar in Cleveland, he was a full-time starter during his three seasons with the team. Though, Shelton did start 44 of a possible 48 games during that span. Another positive about the addition of Shelton is that he is still on his rookie contract.

Shelton, a three-year National Football League veteran, has one year remaining on his rookie deal.

Since Friday afternoon, Cleveland also acquired the Miami Dolphins' Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and Packers cornerback Damarious Randall.

The Patriots will take on Shelton's $2 million salary in 2018 and have to decide if they will pick up his 2019 option worth $7 million. Shelton was a former first-round pick of the Browns and is coming off a strong season on a bad Browns team. He also traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to Green Bay.

Browns fans will be hoping the 2018 draft goes slightly better.

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