Saturday, February 6, 2016

Report: Browns showing interest in Gocong

The Browns and Eagles have had preliminary discussions about a trade for outside linebacker Chris Gocong, according to a report.

Report: Browns showing interest in Gocong

The Browns have shown interest in Chris Gocong, according to a report. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
The Browns have shown interest in Chris Gocong, according to a report. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Yesterday, Chris Gocong signed his restricted free-agent tender.

But that doesn't mean he'll be with the Eagles next season.

An NFL source tells Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post that the Browns have had "preliminary discussions" with the Eagles about acquiring the outside linebacker.

As you know if you are a frequent reader of MTC, my feeling is that the Eagles have never really found a way to use Gocong in a position where he could have success. And I don't see that changing here. He had one sack last season and four in the last three.

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A trade would not be surprising at all, and it will be interesting to see if Gocong finds success rushing the quarterback in a different system.

Cleveland obviously has the Tom Heckert connection and employs a 3-4 defense.

Last season, Gocong was replaced by rookie seventh-round pick Moise Fokou on the strong side. There was the failed experiment of trying Gocong in the middle, which was probably unfair to him (although the Eagles didn't really have a lot of options at the time).

If the Birds do deal Gocong, the strong-side job could fall to Fokou. But then again, given the amount of trade activity we could see in the coming weeks, there's a chance the starting strong-side LB isn't currently on the roster. Last year, they were willing to give the job to a seventh-round pick, so it stands to reason they could rely on a rookie there again in 2010.

And in case you missed it, we updated yesterday's post with comments DeSean Jackson made about the Eagles' quarterback situation while at the Sixers' game last night. Nothing too exciting. Similar remarks to LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek.

Much more coming later.

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