The New England Patriots have reportedly acquired Mack Wilson from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for defensive end Chase Winovich.

The trade was reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, a deal that will hopefully help the cause of both NFL teams.

On one end, the Pats will get a linebacker who started 27 games for the Browns for the past three seasons. After being selected by the Browns as the fifth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, his production dipped in the last two seasons.

Wilson racked up 82 total tackles in 16 games (14 starts). It remains to be seen if he can recall his old form and be an asset to New England.

As for Winovich, he never really fit into the Pats’ system. He had 5.5 sacks in each of his first two seasons but then didn’t record a single sack in 13 games in 2021. Like Wilson, a change in scenery could help his pro football career.

Both teams are hoping to pick up the pieces although both showed signs of promise.

New England continues to build around Mac Jones with Wilson hopefully becoming a key addition to set the Pats in the right direction.

The Browns are thinking the same thing although they may have more work ahead for them. They are coming off a disappointing 2021 season and will be seeking more pieces to get back on track.

Cleveland recently released Jarvis Landry after both sides were unable to restructure the wide receiver’s contract.

Landry was set to make $16 million next season but had no guaranteed money left on his deal. He tweeted in February that he would "like to stay" in Cleveland, but he also said that he is confident he can still be a contributor for another team in "winning a championship," ESPN reported.

Linebacker Mack Wilson
Linebacker Mack Wilson Getty Images | Jason Miller

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