Source: Browns trading LB Barkevious Mingo to Patriots

The Cleveland Browns are trading linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a former first-round pick, to the New England Patriots, a source said.

Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and has seven sacks in three seasons.

The Browns did not pick up his fifth-year option and he was scheduled to become a free agent after this season.

The Patriots are hoping he will provide some additional pass rush.

Mingo was drafted by the Browns when Mike Lombardi was general manager. Lombardi spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an assistant to the Patriots coaching staff and remains a confidant to Bill Belichick.

The Patriots are deep at their end-of-the-line position, which is where Mingo projects to play, as Jabaal Sheard and Rob Ninkovich are starters and Chris Long, Shea McClellin and Trey Flowers are also on the depth chart.

Ninkovich is rehabilitating from a torn triceps muscle that could sideline him into the regular season.

The Patriots now have acquired the No. 6 and No. 7 overall picks from the 2013 NFL draft in separate trades. Earlier this offseason, the Patriots acquired offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper from the Arizona Cardinals in the trade that sent Chandler Jones to Arizona. The Browns selected Mingo with the sixth overall pick and Cooper was picked by the Cardinals with the next selection in the first round.

Mingo never found a role in Cleveland. He had been tried as a pass rusher, then as a pass defender. Neither worked. This training camp the Browns even tried him at inside linebacker, but his status with the team was summed by Sashi Brown, the team's vice-president of football operations, on Thursday morning when he met with the Browns media in Tampa: "He's showing up on [special] teams. We'd like to see him show up more in the defense."

Mingo started 16 games in three seasons, his sack total going from five to two to zero. He ranks as another in a long line of disappointing first-round picks by the Browns. None of the Browns' four first-rounders taken from 2011-to-2013 are with the team. Mingo was traded, running back Trent Richardson is out of the NFL, quarterback Brandon Weeden is a backup with Houston and defensive tackle Phil Taylor is with the Broncos.

Of the team's eight first-round picks from 2011 through 2015, only three are with the team, and one of them -- cornerback Justin Gilbert -- is fighting for a roster spot. Gilbert was drafted in the first round with QB Johnny Manziel in 2014.

Information from ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss and ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon was used in this report.
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