Sheldon Grateful for Fresh Start, End to Contract Dispute

Sheldon Brown has been traded to the Cleveland Browns along with Chris Gocong.(David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

Sheldon Brown, the last remaining defensive starter from the Eagles' Super Bowl XXXIX team, finally got the trade he started seeking a year ago, when the Eagles refused to rework his contract, which then had four years remaining.

"It's always good to be able to have a fresh start, but there will be some familiar faces with Chris (Gocong) coming in with me and (Browns general manager) Tom Heckert being there,'' Brown told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Tom drafted me and I know how he feels about me as a player and as a person.''

The Eagles traded Brown and Gocong for fourth-and fifth-round draft picks and linebacker Alex Hall.

Brown, 31, apparently got some of the money due over the final three years of his pact moved into a signing bonus, payable right away. He is expected to start for the Browns.

He said his new deal is "pretty much in place. We've been working on this for a few weeks. It will be great to put that behind me and focus on football.''

Gocong, who lost his Eagles strongside starting job last season, might be a better fit for Cleveland's 3-4 defense.

"Chris has the same work ethic and drive that I do," Brown said.


To read our previous post detailing the trade, including general manager Howie Roseman's contention that the Birds are not rebuilding, click here.