Eagles Trade Brown and Gocong to Cleveland

The Eagles made a trade, just not the one you were expecting. In what I would call a mild surprise, the Birds have shipped starting cornerback Sheldon Brown and former starting linebacker Chris Gocong to Cleveland for some guy named Alex Hall and a fourth and fifth round pick in the upcoming draft.

Huh? I get that Sheldon was unhappy with his contract, but he didn’t exactly make waves since last summer. Gocong was a failed experiment at linebacker, so I don’t care that he’s gone.

Hall is a third-year player from St. Augustine’s. He’s listed  at 6-5 250. I have no clue if the dude can play, but he’s the exact same size as Carlos Emmons was when he donned the midnight green. My assumption would be Hall will compete at SAM along with Moise Fokou.

This deal leaves the defense very thin at cornerback. Sheldon was tough and reliable. He will be missed. It seems pretty clear that at least one corner will have to be drafted to offset the loss. The good news is the defensive back class is deep, so finding a couple solid prospects shouldn’t be a problem. Fingers crossed. Word is Ellis Hobbs will replace Sheldon at right corner, for now.

Whether you like it or not, the Eagles continue to reshape the roster be jettisoning old and/or disgruntled players. I wonder who’s next? Wink, wink. Anyway, they now own 10 picks in what is considered the most talented draft in years.

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  • Matt

    This makes you wonder what the team’s true intentions for Marlin Jackson are. If they anticipate drafting a safety, then it’s very well possible that Jackson was signed with the idea of playing CB in mind. If not, then it’s just pretty daggone convenient that the team has given themselves some wiggle room with how they draft and what their true needs are.

  • MidniteMud

    Well, it looks like CB might be a top priority for the Iggles in this draft. Kyle Wilson or Deving Mccourty could be our first pick. Sheldon will be greatly missed, but I think an extension was out of the question. He might be happier with the Browns since he will probably get one with them. Gocong… knew this was coming once he signed his tender. I know a lot of fans will be put off by what we got in return, but LB will be a top priorty (along with CB) in this draft, and there are some great rookies coming in. Weatherspoon, Bowman, Edds, and I’m sure much more will be on the radar. I for one DO like the aquiring of Alex Hall and the 4th and 5th round picks. If you look at the Eagles draft positions from rounds 2 thru 5, we now have a pick almost every 15 players selected. That’s HUGE!!! We can do a lot of movement if needed, or package some for a trade up or for another player. Something BIG is about to happen on draft day, and three weeks can’t pass by quick enough.

  • Scott Tunstall

    Even though I would have preferred a third round pick in the deal, I can’t really complain too much. Since the Browns sucked last year, both the fourth and fifth rounders will be high picks. They definitely have positioned themselves well for the first few rounds. I would expect A LOT of movement up and down the board. I like McCourty a ton. He could be there at 24, IF they stay at 24.

    Matt – Good point about Marlin. Since he can play cornerback, it could be Earl Thomas in the first round, who I absolutely love. He is a legit playmaker. Needs to work on his tackling, but as far as a guy who is always around the ball, he’s the best one in the draft.

  • Harry Oh

    McNabb to the ForeSkins ?? WTF?????