It's Official: Eagles Say So Long to Sheldon

Birds trade Brown, Gocong to Browns for Hall, draft picks

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Apr 2, 2010  |  Updated 3:51 PM EDT
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It's Official: Eagles Say So Long to Sheldon

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Sheldon Brown was drafted by the Eagles in 2002 and was traded in 2010.

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The Eagles parted ways with more veterans Friday -- this time trading fan-favorite Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to Cleveland.

Brown and Gocong were sent to Cleveland for a package including backup linebacker Alex Hall and two 2010 draft picks -- a fourth rounder (105th overall) and a fifth rounder (137th overall).

The deal was originally leaked by CBS Sports’ Clark Judge.

The deal depended on Brown negotiating a new contract, said Judge. It wasn't immediately clear if this was done.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert should know what he’s getting in this deal since he used to be the GM of the Birds.

Speculation that Brown was on the way out of town reemerged this week after he skipped out on a voluntary offseason-conditioning program, said NBC Sports.

Brown spent last season with the Birds disgruntled as he seeked a new deal -- but despite his at times public outcry against the organization he still showed up and played when it counted recording 51 tackles, five interceptions, a forced fumble and a touchdown.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid reiterated Brown's work ethic in a release sent by the team:

"Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years," said Reid. "He's a good person, a legitimate tough guy and he’ll do a good job helping the Browns."

Since joining the Birds in 2002, Brown never missed a game. He is also seen as a hard-hitter, which could inspire Cleveland to move him to safety now that he is a wrong side of 30.

The Birds drafted Gocong in the third-round of the 2006 draft. He posted 203 tackles in 47 career games playing mostly at outside linebacker.

"Chris did a good job converting from defensive end to linebacker and helped us win a lot of football games," said Reid.

Hall was drafted out of St. Augustine's College in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has three sacks, two forced fumbles and 38 tackles in 30 career games. 

He has only started two games with the Browns but that doesn't mean the Birds don't see an upside:

"Alex Hall is a big, athletic linebacker who we've had our eyes on over the last couple of years and he'll have a chance to compete at the SAM linebacker spot," said Eagles' GM Howie Roseman.

The Eagles have had a busy offseason as they already cut vets Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis and Darren Howard. They also have reportedly been shopping starting QB Donovan McNabb

The trade gives the Eagles ten picks in the upcoming draft -- another sign that rebuilding could be the theme for the 2010 Birds.

But, these Birds still think they can win -- at least that's what they keep saying.

"We're trying to win, we're always trying to win," Roseman said.

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