Eagles ship Brown, Gocong to Cleveland

A weekend that is usually light when it comes to NFL activity just had a major move.

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to the Cleveland Browns four fourth- and fifth-round draft picks and linebacker Alex Hall. The Eagles pick up the 105th pick of the fourth round and the 137th pick in the fifth round in the deal.

“Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “He’s a good person, a legitimate tough guy and he’ll do a good job helping the Browns. Chris did a good job converting from defensive end to linebacker and helped us win a lot of football games. We wish both of them all of the best.”

Hall is viewed as a player who can help Philadelphia on special teams. A former seventh-round pick of the Browns in 2008, he’s made two career starts.

The deal gives the Eagles and first-year general manager Howie Roseman 10 total draft picks. The Eagles have five picks in the top 105, starting with their first-round selection at 24. They own two third-round picks, two fourth-round picks and two seventh-round picks.

The Browns, meanwhile, add some experienced veterans for their defense which they will be able to plug in immediately. Brown will come in handy because Cleveland had major issues in the secondary last season.

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