Browns trading linebacker Barkevious Mingo to Patriots


FILE - This is a 2016 file photo showing Barkevious Mingo of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. A person familiar with the deal says the Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. The sides agreed to the deal on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. ESPN.com first reported the deal. (AP Photo/File)


FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a kickoff of an NFL game, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the deal says the Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. The sides agreed to the deal on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. ESPN.com first reported the deal. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots for a 2017 fifth-round pick.

The Browns selected Mingo with the No. 6 pick in 2013. The former LSU standout has recorded just seven sacks in three seasons and spent much of last season on special teams.

Mingo’s size — 6-foot-4, 240 pounds — and speed have made him intriguing, but none of Cleveland’s coaching staffs has found the best way to utilize him. The Browns moved the 25-year-old Mingo from outside linebacker to inside earlier this summer.

Cleveland declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Mingo’s rookie contract in May.

FILE – This is a 2016 file photo showing Barkevious Mingo of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. A person familiar with the deal says the Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. The sides agreed to the deal on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. ESPN.com first reported the deal. (AP Photo/File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_112106547-7ed7cc2d003c46d9987491fff050a929.jpgFILE – This is a 2016 file photo showing Barkevious Mingo of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. A person familiar with the deal says the Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. The sides agreed to the deal on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. ESPN.com first reported the deal. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a kickoff of an NFL game, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the deal says the Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. The sides agreed to the deal on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. ESPN.com first reported the deal. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_112106547-f494b759b25647458536434bb1bef6e2.jpgFILE – In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a kickoff of an NFL game, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the deal says the Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots. The sides agreed to the deal on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. ESPN.com first reported the deal. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
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