Browns trade DL Danny Shelton to Patriots for 2018 pick

Browns make deal to send former 1st-round pick Danny Shelton to Patriots

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. Via ESPN's Field Yates and Adam Schefter, Cleveland has opted to trade defensive tackle Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots.

The Browns aren't done trading yet, completing four trades in less than 24 hours.

This opens up some options for the Browns in free agency, and some possible replacement nose tackles as well as building with their draft picks from last season.

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. According to ESPN, his "skill-set should fit well" in the Patriots' young, run-focused hybrid defense. Last season, he finished with 33 tackles in 14 games.

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

With the Patriots deciding to move on from Alan Branch, and Ricky Jean Francois also announcing he was heading elsewhere, the team was a bit thin up front. Shelton will be due a $2.03 million base salary in 2018. Cleveland will also send their own 2018 fifth round pick to the Patriots. The 24-year-old started in a total of 44 games over the past three years with the Browns.

While we don't know at this moment how things will work out for the Browns, Belichick can pair Shelton along with another first-round pick from the Class of 2015 in defensive tackle Malcom Brown. As of now, it is unclear if New England will exercise that option.

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