Since Friday afternoon, Cleveland also acquired the Miami Dolphins' Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and Packers cornerback Damarious Randall. This move is the fourth trade by new Browns general manager John Dorsey over the course of 24 hours.
The Auburn product has started 44 games of a possible 46 in three seasons with the Browns.
Shelton, 24, was the 12th overall pick via the Browns during the 2015 NFL Draft.
With free agency almost here, the Patriots made a decision to strengthen their front seven with the acquisition of defensive tackle Danny Shelton from the Browns.
Shelton, a three-year National Football League veteran, has one year remaining on his rookie deal.
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As explained by Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots will have a fifth-year option on Shelton that would equal the average salary of the 3rd-to-25th highest-paid defensive linemen.
With Shelton now headed to New England, we can officially close the chapter on the first round of every Browns draft from 2009 to 2015 and that's because they have no more first-rounders left from any of those drafts.
Doug Kyed of NESN.com said that Shelton is a younger and better version of the 33-year-old defensive tackle Alan Branch, who was recently released by the Patriots [VIDEO]. Most of the time when the Patriots make a deal like this, it turns out to be good for the team.
He's a massive, space-eating defensive tackle who will provide bulk on the interior alongside Malcom Brown (320 pounds), Lawrence Guy (300 pounds), Vincent Valentine (320 pounds), and Adam Butler (300 pounds). As of now, it is unclear if New England will exercise that option.