Published: Tue, August 30, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

New England Patriots Trade For Barkevious Mingo From Cleveland Browns

New England Patriots Trade For Barkevious Mingo From Cleveland Browns

The Browns traded the pass rusher to the New England Patriots for a 2015 fifth-round pick, the team confirmed Thursday.

The Louisiana State product would have earned $2.63 million if he made the Browns' regular-season roster, but will now play out the final year of his contract with the perennial AFC East champions.

Mingo has been a bust for the Browns since being drafted in the first round three years ago. In his 3 National Football League seasons, Mingo only has 108 tackles, 7 sacks, and 1 interception.

The Browns selected Mingo with the No. 6 pick in 2013.

The bottom line? If the Patriots narrow the list of responsibilities and Mingo is able to accept that role and execute within the framework of the defense, he'd basically become a specialist who sees the field on third down and in other passing situations. He was supposed to be a dominant pass rusher.

Mingo joins the Patriots after three largely disappointing seasons in Cleveland. Mingo had only one top-10 level trait coming out of Baton Rouge, his athleticism and speed around the edge yet the Browns, whether it was Rob Chudzinski or Mike Pettine steering the ship, never seemed all that concerned with accentuating it. Mingo had mostly been flashing on special teams in Browns camp. For some reason, Barkevious Mingo has not really produced much in his first three season, but if anyone can figure out why and turn his career around it is Bill Belichick.

The Patriots don't have a great deal of depth behind veteran linebackers Dont'a Hightower, Jaime Collins and Jonathan Freeny, so Mingo could possibly make an impact there. Mingo had five sacks in his rookie season, added two more in 2014, and didn't have any last season.

New England is looking to shore up its pass rush and decided it was willing to take a flyer on the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mingo.

He Tweeted: "Why was the price for Barkevious Mingo so high?" Typical Browns - multiple regimes, multiple losing seasons, and multiple draft picks that amount to nothing. The Browns' recent first-round picks have not met expectations, as none of Cleveland's four first-rounders taken between 2011 and 2013 is still with the team.

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