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Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

Posted on: April 2, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: April 2, 2010 11:30 am
The Philadelphia Eagles are close to completing a deal, sources said, that would send disgruntled cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to Cleveland in exchange for one of two packages -- either a draft pick and player or two draft picks and a backup. The deal, which was expected to have been completed by now, is contingent on Brown gaining a new contract.

That, of course, has been the subject of Brown's unhappiness for the past year. It was last April that he demanded to be traded when the Eagles refused to renegotiate his deal, which had four years remaining on it. The Eagles didn't budge, and Brown not only played the season; he played so well that some persons within the organization thought he deserved Pro Bowl consideration -- with Brown producing a career-best five interceptions and returning a fumble and interception for touchdowns.

However, Brown was one of a handful of players -- including quarterback Donovan McNabb and cornerback Asante Samuel -- who did not appear when the Eagles opened their offseason workouts this week, leading to speculation that he might be on the trading block. A second-round draft pick in 2002, Brown didn't miss a game the past six years and missed only one start during that time.

Gocong, a third-round draft pick in 2006, never became the pass rusher the Eagles had hoped and last year lost his starting job as the team's strong-side linebacker late in the season to Moise Fokou. A resticted free agent, Gocong earlier this week signed a one-year tender with the Eagles. He is expected to play an inside linebacker position with Cleveland.

It is unclear when the trade will be finalized, but sources indicated that it could be completed in "the near future" -- with Brown's contract serving as the last major obstacle. It is also unclear how high the draft picks could be, but the Browns have five in the first three rounds.

When completed, it will be the third major trade pulled off in the past three weeks by new Cleveland president Mike Holmgren. Holmgren on March 14 sent quarterback Brady Quinn to Denver and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to Oakland for fullback Peyton Hillis and draft picks.
Category: NFL

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2010 9:15 am

Eagles might be looking good.

If they do ship Brown off to the Browns -- my guess is that they will trader McNabb to the Raiders for a pick and the CB I cant pronounce.  Seems like theyd get a few high picks in a deep draft and swap Brown for Ash$&$^@@ (an upgrade) and Kolb for McNabb (jury out on that one).  I likethe moves so far hopefully they will go D on the new draft picks.  Solid S and some athletic LBs.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2010 8:57 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

Lmfao really how much football do you watch son........crackbaby

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2010 8:50 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

That has got to the dumbest trade proposal ever.  You are either 5 years old, or just the most retarded person roaming the earth.  More like a low star starter and a fourth or fifth round pick.

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2010 8:34 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

As a die hard browns fan I know a lot about watching meaningless football games on Sunday.  I can only hope that someday I will be able to watch a relevant football game involving the browns past October.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2010 8:10 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns


I agree with you. The Eagle's secondary never recovered from losing Dawkins. In their infinite wisdom, they now think it is a good idea to lose a good corner? If McNabb ends up leaving, and this trade happens, we will obviously see that the team is rebuilding. In the past 10 or so years, we have been spoiled with the Eagles (other than the fact of not winning the big game). I guess it will be our turn to sit back on Sundays and watch a team that has no shot at making the playoffs.

Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2010 7:24 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

D'Qwell Jackson for Gocong are an even swap?  Do you even watch football? Why would the Browns trade away their best linebacker for a mediorce Chris Gocong? I don't root for the Eagles or the Browns, but Andy Reid would most certainly have a heartattack out of pure joy if Cleveland were to part with Jackson.

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2010 3:43 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

Maybe D'Qwell Jackson... Gocong and him would be a swap and just a 3rd comp. for Sheldon Brown would make sense.

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2010 3:14 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

Josh Cribbs and a 5th OR

high 3rd, low 5th, and Shawn Rogers...

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2010 2:50 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

Brown is 30, there may be a lockout next year, and he wants a mega-bucks contract over multiple years?  Forget a secound rounder, they'd be doing good to get a fourth plus some useful player.  And that's IF they throw in Gocong, too.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2010 2:27 am

Eagles' Brown, Gocong on verge of going to Browns

Well, I like the idea of any deal that is ultimately done between the Eagles and Browns, that it is imperative that the Eagles get draft picks rather than current Browns players. Sean Jones, I knew was going to be a bust. Brian Dawkins staying another 2 years was going to be far better than the Sean Jones experiment. And don't get me wrong, I think Brian Dawkins on leadership energy alone was what the Eagles defense needed at the end of last season going against the Cowboys. Because that defensive unit looked flat out lost in the 2 biggest games of the season vs the Cowboys. Games the Eagles rarely lose to the Cowboys if ever in the past decade or so.

I think Lurie and Reid both saw the door/window of opportunity close for a Super Bowl with this core of a team last season. This off season is really showing that they are trying to rebuild and maintain a winning tradition. Last season's 11-5 regular season, 11-6 after playoff loss record shows they are still a winning team with a younger set of stars, but they are no longer top 4 NFL elite material any more.

What irritates me to a large extent is the manner in which Brian Westbrook was released. Many of the media say it's a bad thing to do with Westbrook. But really, it was the only thing to do. Westbrook had the concussions, it was a mental health issue. I think had it been bruised ribs or some other physically overcomeable and rehabable injury, the Eagles would've had no problem retaining Westbrook for the big contract year he was about to get. Releasing Westbrook was the retirement announcement Westbrook never tendered to the media on his own decision. Personally I think Westbrook could still play this season, but his touches would diminish.

The Eagles essentially are going thru the same aging and replacing process that the Patriots are going thru. Dawkins = Harrison. Brown going to Cleveland (even Sheppard to the Jets in Free Agency) that could be the Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy or even Asante Samuel player losses the Patriots have seen over the past decade ? At any rate, the Eagles, unlike the Patriots, missed their best decade run to win at least a Super Bowl, they got 5 tries to get into the big game, succeeded only once and unfortunately failed to win the big game.

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