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Trade with Eagles completed

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 6, 2010

The Browns announced the completion of Friday's trade with the Philadelphia Eagles after cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong passed their physicals.

The deal sent linebacker Alex Hall to Philadelphia, along with fourth- and fifth-round choices in the 2010 draft. The picks surrendered were the 105th and 137th overall, leaving the Browns with 10, including five of the first 92 selections.

''In Sheldon and Chris we were able to acquire two players, not just whom I am very familiar with, but who also will be great additions to our team,'' Browns general manager Tom Heckert said in a statement. ''They both bring a tremendous amount of leadership from a winning organization, and will make us better and deeper on defense.

Heckert, who spent the previous nine years in Philadelphia, addressed the strengths of both players.

''Sheldon has been a very good player for a long time and had one of the best seasons of his career last year with five interceptions,'' Heckert said in the statement ''He stepped into the starting lineup by his third year and there were times when I felt he should have gone to the Pro Bowl. He is an extremely intelligent and physical player and his addition gives us a lot of flexibility in our secondary.

''Chris is a player who has started a lot of games over the last three years. I really feel as though he fits better into our 3-4 scheme than what he did into a 4-3. I believe that this move will give him a chance to show off a lot of the skills that allowed him to record more than 40 sacks in college. He is smart and fast, and like Sheldon and all of the players we’ve acquired this offseason, possesses the qualities that the Browns are looking for.''


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