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Cleveland Browns: Good Move Tom—Browns GM Tom Heckert Revising This Franchise

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 2, 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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Remember when the Cleveland Browns were a relevant team in the National Football League?

Remember when the likes of Jim Brown and Co. put on the Browns uniform, making the Browns a known figure in the football world?

Chances are you probably don't, especially most people who were born within the past fifteen years.

The Cleveland Browns have been down in the cellar of the league for quite some time. Whether inconsistency by the front office and coaching staff, this franchise has been set back for a long time.

However, hope was found when Mike Holmgren was brought in to run the front office of the Browns.

Taking on a role like former head coach Bill Parcells, Holmgren didn't waste much time by bringing in now former Eagles General Manager, Tom Heckert.

Though Heckert was questioned in recent weeks for the Brady Quinn deal that transpired, he showed the loyal fans of the organization that he is the man to take this team back to relevance.

On Thursday, the Browns and Eagles agreed to a trade, sending veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong to Cleveland in return for linebacker Alex Hall and a fourth and fifth round selection in this year's draft.

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This deal turns out to work greatly in the Browns' favor. Two needs are filled on the defense—one with a veteran corner who has seen it all, along with a young player who still has something to prove.

Also, even in giving up two draft picks, the Browns still have 10 currently in their possession.

All signs now point to Eric Berry going seventh overall—or Gerald Mccoy/Ndamukong Suh, if somehow still available.

General manager Tom Heckert did impress me today. It might not be the biggest name, but it's the beginning of a hopefully successful rebuilding process.

Though in a tough, physical AFC North, it may be sooner rather than later before this division is the toughest in football, with a possible four team race on our hands.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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