Yesterday New England shipped center Bryan Stork to Washington, and they are back at it again today, trading a fifth round selection to the Cleveland Browns for former top prospect Barkevious Mingo, a pass-rushing outside linebacker out of LSU.
The Patriots have always been a team that will take a former top pick or player that isn't being used correctly and turn them into significant contributors, like Mike Vrabel and Rob Ninkovich. Vrabel was well known coming out of Ohio State, but the Steelers never used him. Belichick signed him and he was one of the best defensive players of this dynasty era. Ninkovich took a different path, but after the Saints cut him loose, Belichick pounced in what looks like one of the biggest steals ever. It's ironic that Ninkovich's injury is one of the main reasons the Patriots traded for Mingo, a talented pass rusher that has a chance to save his career with a great franchise, not the dumpster fire known as the Cleveland Browns.
Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade:
Mingo will fly to Carolina and join the Patriots for their third exhibition game, this time a tough test against the defending NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. Mingo had five sacks as a rookie, two in his second year, and he was shutout last year. Joining a defense like New England's will help because he'll have a defined role that fits his skillset.
Belichick strikes again.
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