The New England Patriots are trading reckless Chase Winovich against the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Mac Wilson, NFL’s Tom Pellisero reported Tuesday.
The trade can’t be made official until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET when the league year 2022 officially begins.
Winovic, who entered his fourth season in the NFL after being drafted 77th in 2019, played in 13 games last season, but saw his playing time drop from 2020, when he started nine games with the Patriots. Over his three years, the former Michigan producer had 11 bags, though none arrived last year.
Drafted in the fifth round of the same draft, Wilson played a superstar role for Cleveland during his first three seasons, starting 28 of 43 games played in the Browns’ midfield defense. Like Winovic, the former Alabama player also saw his playing time on defense drop in 2021 and played nearly as many picks on special teams as he did on LB.
In Winovich, Cleveland gets some impulse depth that could help offset Jadeveon Clowney’s potential loss. At Wilson, the Patriots harvest an inexpensive defender with starting potential to help replace Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whun Bentley and Jamie Collins, all of whom may be leaving on free agency, plus some valuable experience for special teams.
Both players are entering the final years of their junior deals.