Sheldon Brown and Chris Gocong have been traded to the Cleveland Browns for a 4th round pick, a 5th round pick, and LB/DE Alex Hall.
That isn't a huge bounty for a pair of starting defensive players. Contracts played a big part in this. We all love Sheldon for everything he's done in his career as an Eagle. Unfortunately he wants a big pay raise. One of the delays in this deal getting pushed back 7 to 10 days is Sheldon's demands. The Browns had to figure out how much they're willing to pay a CB who lacks ideal size, ideal speed, and just turned 31. That generally isn't a player you want to throw money at. Gocong is a RFA. They need to figure out what they want to do with him.
I was really hoping to net a 3rd round pick from this deal, but I'm hearing the Eagles really wanted Hall. He is 6'5, 250 and they want him to work in at the SAM spot. We needed depth there with Gocong on the way out. I'll need to watch tape to give you specifics about Hall. He had a good rookie year, collecting 3 sacks and a pair of FFs in 2008. He got lost in the shuffle last year and didn't play as much. He's talented, but will need some work.
Essentially the trade is Gocong for Hall and Sheldon for a 4th and 5th. The value isn't great, but most teams are being stingy with picks this year. This is a real good draft class and no one wants to give up good picks if they can help. I am glad we added a 4th and 5th to what we had. We've now got some good ammunition to work with on draft weekend.
I know there are some rumors about the Eagles being interested in OG Rob Sims, but I can't get that confirmed from any Eagles sources. For now, I'm not buying those rumors as legit. I'll keep checking and let you know if I stumble across new info.