Deal for Sheldon Brown and Chris Gocong becomes offical

The Browns today completed the trade in which they acquired defensive back Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong from the Eagles in exchange for linebacker Alex Hall, a fourth round draft choice (105th overall) and a fifth round draft choice (137th overall) in 2010. The Browns currently own 10 selections in the 2010 NFL Draft, including five of the first 92 picks.

“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,” said Browns General Manager Tom Heckert. “They both bring a tremendous amount of leadership from a winning organization, and will make us better and deeper on defense.”

“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. 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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