Chase Winovich, former Michigan star, reportedly lands with new NFL team via trade
Chase Winovich, a former All-Big Ten defensive end at Michigan, is reportedly moving on from the New England Patriots.
Winovich was traded to the Cleveland Browns for inside linebacker Mack Wilson, The Boston Globe reported.
Winovich, who was drafted by the Patriots in the third round (77th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft, made 11 sacks in his first 2 seasons, but his playing time slipped last season. The Globe reported that he played in just 10 percent of the defensive snaps and registering just 5 total tackles on the season. He appeared in 45 regular-season games over three seasons. Winovich was a healthy scratch for the playoff loss in Buffalo, a harbinger of his future with the Patriots.
At Michigan, Winovich had a decorated career.
He played in 45 games with 26 starts and made 185 tackles, 45 for a loss, 18 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries. He was a two-time All-Big 10 honoree in 2017 and 2018.
In his senior season, he Winovich started all 13 games along the defensive line and made 69 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five sacks, which helped him be a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award as a senior, given to the nation’s best defensive college football player.
As a junior, he played in all 13 games with 2 starts at defensive end and posted 25 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.