It’s not every day a player is traded from Cleveland to New England. Barkevious Mingo has gone from losing to winning in the blink of an eye as he transitions with his new team.
Mingo was traded from the Browns to the Patriots in August and has recorded 7 tackles during his change of scenery season. The fourth-year linebacker caught up with ESPN’s Mike Reiss to discuss his football journey. He said it’s nice to be with a winner, now.
“I got to play with a bunch of great players, a future Hall of Famer (Joe Thomas),” Mingo told Reiss. “It was a great learning experience. When you get traded, you’re like, ‘Wow, what’s going on?’ Obviously, it’s a better position, a team that is, year in and year out, competing for whatever they want to compete for. To be a part of that is a great feeling.”
The former No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft hasn’t lived up to the hype. But, Mingo said his career is only getting started.
“It’s not over,” Mingo told Reiss. “It’s at a point now where I can get some more learning under my belt and just go out there and play and have fun again. People say it’s always better when you win and unfortunately, it wasn’t that way in Cleveland. But being on a winning team and playing on the field, it makes everything all the better.”