Philadelphia Eagles-Cleveland Browns: Looking at the Trade

Haran KnightCorrespondent IApril 3, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27: Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Denver Broncos on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Broncos 30-27.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When trying to analyze the Philadelphia Eagles trade with the Cleveland Browns yesterday, a lot of memories came to mind on cornerback Sheldon Brown.

No, not the hit on Reggie Bush in 2006. 

Not the hit that knocked Steven Jackson's helmet off in the 2008 opener either.

I think back to Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots. New England had the ball at the 50, leading the Eagles 21-14.

It was 2nd-and-13 in the fourth quarter. 

Tom Brady threw the ball to Deion Branch, who couldn’t have been covered any better by Brown. 

Branch reached over Brown’s shoulders for a 19-yard gain to extend a drive which eventually led to an Adam Viniateri field goal to put New England up by 10.

The last time I saw a move like that was by Snake Eyes in an old G.I. Joe comic book (Issue 21: Silent Interlude to be exact). 

Another memory I have of Sheldon Brown was in Week Two against the Giants in 2006. 

In overtime, I watched in person as Plaxico Burress effortlessly grabbed a game winning 31-yard TD with Sheldon hanging onto him. 

In both instances, I watched Sheldon Brown do his best, and all I could say was, “There was nothing else he could do."

I’ve always liked Sheldon Brown. He never missed a game, was physical, and was a great person. 

I had the opportunity to meet him in 2007 at an autograph session in King of Prussia. I thought he was a very down to earth and genuine individual. 

Having said that, I completely understand why he was traded with Chris Gocong to the Browns. 

I would have liked one of Cleveland’s three third round picks instead of their fourth round selection, but at least the picks are in the upper parts of each round. 

Some people have said that the Browns got the better end of the bargain. It’s hard for me to agree with that.  

The Eagles parted ways with a player disgruntled about his contract, while his body started showing signs of someone in their 30s who never missed a game in the NFL

They also got rid of a player who never fit their system from the beginning, getting replaced by a seventh round rookie in the process. 

Brown and Gocong are what they are. They’re solid players you can rely on to show up every Sunday. 

But, there’s no upside to them after that. For a defense that struggled with tight ends and gave up 27 TD passes, much improvement is needed. 

If anything, this transaction shows why it’s important to have solid connections across the league. 

If the Eagles made this deal with anyone not named Tom Heckert, they might’ve received less in return, especially for Gocong. 

One thing I would have a problem with is if the Eagles go into next season without addressing these holes in their defense. 

I’m not sold on Ellis Hobbs and Moise Fokou as Brown and Gocong’s respective replacements. 

The Eagles now have 10 draft picks to assist their current youth movement. 

They also still have Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick on the roster, so it’s very possible that they may add even more picks. 

We’re three weeks away from finding out how the Eagles’ front office is going to work this out.