Danny Shelton appeared in all but two games during his three NFL seasons with the Browns. COURTESY PHOTO

Danny Shelton appeared in all but two games during his three NFL seasons with the Browns. COURTESY PHOTO

Browns trade Shelton to Patriots

Former Auburn, UW star goes to winning organization

  • Sunday, March 11, 2018 10:44am
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The Cleveland Browns reportedly traded defensive lineman Danny Shelton, a former Auburn High and University of Washington star, to the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

News of the deal was first reported by multiple media outlets Saturday.

The Browns selected Shelton with the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Beset with injuries, the 6-foot-2, 335-pound Shelton made 129 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks in 46 games for Cleveland.

The Browns finished 0-16 last season, while the Patriots (15-4) reached the Super Bowl for the third time in the past four seasons.

Shelton, 24, will likely compete for playing time with Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy. He is set to earn a base salary of $2.030 million this season. The Patriots can also pick up his fifth-year option for 2019, which would be a yet-to-be-determined salary of the average of the third through 25th highest salaries among defensive linemen.

Shelton was the first Husky to earn first-team Academic All-American since 1991. He led the nation in fumble recoveries with five and had 16 tackles for loss in 2014. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles.

Shelton, a 2011 Auburn graduate, was highly recruited out of high school.

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