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Browns add cornerback, linebacker in trade with Eagles

By dan Published: April 2, 2010
Philadelphia Eagles Sheldon Brown crosses the goal line after running back a fumble against the New York Giants for a touchdown during the first quarter in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sunday, December 13, 2009. (Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Eagles/MCT)

The rumored traded between the Browns and Philadelphia Eagle has been officially announced.

The Browns will receive cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong. In exchange, the Eagles get linebacker Alex Hall, a fourth-round draft choice (105th overall) and a fifth-round drat choice (137th overall) this year.

"Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement from the Eagles. "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."

Last season Brown registered a career-high five interceptions. He has wanted a trade from Philadelphia since last April when the Eagles refused to renegotiate his contract. Brown didn't show up for Philadelphia's mandatory offseason workouts that started on Monday.

Gocong, drafted in the third round in 2006, played defensive end in college. For the Eagles, he started 23 games over the last two seasons at linebacker but lost his starting job in 2009 to rookie Moise Fokou.

In his career, Gocong has four sacks. Clark Judge of CBS Sports wrote today that Gocong might play inside linebacker for the Browns.


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