CLEVELAND -- While their best defensive player dealt with legal problems, the Browns received some help for one of the NFL's worst units.
A Browns spokesman confirmed the trade but said the team will not comment until the physicals are completed.
Brown, a former Pro Bowl pick who hasn't missed a game since becoming a full-time starter in 2004, likely will move into Cleveland's starting lineup on the opposite side of Eric Wright, who made 16 starts last season at left cornerback. Brandon McDonald made six starts on the right side, with Mike Adams taking the other six.
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"Sheldon Brown has been a very good football player for the Eagles over the last eight years," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He's a good person, a legitimate tough guy, and he'll do a good job helping the Browns. Chris did a good job converting from defensive end to linebacker and helped us win a lot of football games. We wish both of them all of the best."
The Browns selected Hall out of Division II St. Augustine in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. Physically gifted, he showed promise in recording three sacks as a rookie, but he mostly played on special teams last season and finished with just four tackles.
"Alex Hall is a big, athletic linebacker who we've had our eyes on over the last couple of years, and he'll have a chance to compete at the SAM linebacker spot," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said.
Brown is the latest veteran to depart Philadelphia this offseason. Former All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook, former All-Pro guard Shawn Andrews, linebacker Will Witherspoon, defensive end Darren Howard and wide receiver Kevin Curtis were released.
"We're trying to win, we're always trying to win," Roseman said. "For us, this was a football decision. We're excited about some of the players on our team, and we're excited about the quality of this draft."
"It's an opportunity for Ellis Hobbs to step up and contribute to our defense," Roseman said. "We like Ellis Hobbs. We think he's a good starting corner in this league, and we feel we have other players on this team that can step into that spot and contribute."
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