Patriots trade linebacker for linebacker with Browns

Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots during warm up before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chase Winovitch heads to Cleveland after three seasons in New England. Patriots trade embattled linebacker to Browns in player-for-player trade, getting former Alabama linebacker back MacWilson. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was the first to report the news.

A year after making all 16 games and 591 defensive snaps (58%) in 2020, Winovich’s workload has dropped to 113 snaps (14%) in 13 games in 2021. He was a healthy scratch for the end loss. Patriots season against the Buffalo. Bills in the wild card round, which was a bad sign for his future at Foxboro.

Wilson, meanwhile, has seen his instant tally drop every season since being drafted to the Browns in the fifth round from Alabama, in the same draft class (2019) as Winovich. He played almost as many special teams snaps (180) as defensive snaps (194) for Cleveland in 2021.

It’s unclear how Bill Belichick views Wilson on the Patriots, but at 6-foot-1, 233 pounds, he doesn’t fit the team’s typical profile as a linebacker. If he sees the pitch in defense, it will likely be in an off-the-ball role.

Adding Wilson, along with Josh Uche and Cameron McGrone to the depth chart, could mean a move to the New England job. They also still have Matthew Judon, Raekwon McMillan and Jahlani Tavai. Dont’a Hightower and Ja’Whaun Bentley are set to officially become free agents on Wednesday.

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