A couple of days before the league's free agency period gets underway, the New England Patriots have used the trade market to fill an obvious void on their roster. 

The team has, according to multiple reports, acquired defensive tackle Danny Shelton from the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland originally selected Shelton 12th overall in the 2015 draft.

With the release of veteran Alan Branch and the announcement from Ricky Jean-Francois that he will not be returning to the team earlier this week, the team was in need of depth behind Malcom Brown.

The 24-year-old Washington product has played in 46 games, throughout his career. He has totaled 71 tackles and 1.5 sacks over that span.

While he never fully panned out in Cleveland, the Pats are likely banking on the fact that a change of scenery could be what the big fella needs to regain the form that helped him get selected in the middle of the first round.