July 29, 2014

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Browns get Sheldon Brown, Chris Gocong in trade with Eagles

BEREA — The Browns traded Friday for cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong, the Eagles announced. The Browns gave up linebacker Alex Hall and fourth- and fifth-round draft picks in April.

Brown is a highly regarded cornerback and fills a huge need for the Browns. He’s been seeking a new contract, and the Browns will likely renegotiate his deal.

“Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years,” Eagles 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.”

Gocong was a starter for three of his four years with the Eagles. He played outside linebacker in the 4-3 scheme, but could move inside in the Browns’ 3-4.

New Browns general manager Tom Heckert held the same position with the Eagles and likely has been targeting the pair since he arrived in January. The Browns had compiled 12 draft picks through other trades, so they could afford to part with a pair.

Hall was a seventh-round pick in 2008 out of tiny St. Augustine’s College. He had three sacks and 30 tackles in 30 games, including two starts. His role diminished in the first season under coach Eric Mangini last year.