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The Eagles and Browns completed a trade Friday, sending CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong to Cleveland in exchange for LB Alex Hall, plus fourth- and fifth-round draft picks in 2010.
Gocong never quite fit in as a strong-side linebacker in the Eagles’ 4-3 scheme but might be a better match for the Browns’ 3-4 scheme that likely will feature his pass-rush ability better. Brown, 31, started the past six seasons, mostly at right cornerback, and hasn’t missed a game in his eight seasons. He and the Eagles were at loggerheads over a new contract.
“Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years,” head coach Andy Reid said. “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 was a standout as a rookie in 2008 but took more of a backseat last season. The Eagles project him to play “Sam” linebacker — Gocong’s old spot — and he has a chance to compete at the open position. Hall also has good special-teams experience in his two pro seasons.
“Alex Hall is a big, athletic linebacker who we’ve had our eyes on over the last couple of years,” Eagles GM Howie Roseman said.
The picks the Eagles will receive are the 105th and 137th overall in this month’s draft. They now have 10 draft picks, including two each in the third and fourth rounds.
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