Yesterday, the New England Patriots made arguably the biggest move of their still young offseason – one that adds to a defensive tackle depth chart that is in dire need for additional talent: The team acquired Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton via trade, sending a 2019 third round draft choice to the AFC North in return for the interior defender and a 2018 fifth round selection.
Shelton, who was picked 12th overall by the Browns during the 2014 draft, will add another big-bodied presence to a New England defense that lacked consistent play – even starting interior linemen Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy had up-and-down stretches at times. With Shelton in the mix, the hope is that all three men will stay fresh as part of a rotation and as a result become impactful players.
The cost associated with the trade goes beyond the above-mentioned draft choice: New England will also take on Shelton's $2.03 million salary this season and has the option to extend his contract for another season by applying the fifth-year option that is part of first round rookie deals. The Patriots could therefore hold the 24-year old's rights for two full seasons while also gaining another option in case Malcom Brown can not be retained.
With all that in mind, what do you think of the trade? Vote below and let us know in the comments.
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