NFL: Seahawks Trade G Moffitt to Browns For DE Sanford

The Seattle Seahawks traded guard John Moffitt to the Cleveland Browns on Monday in exchange for defensive end Brian Sanford.

Aug 19 2013, 9:37pm CDT | by

NFL: Seahawks Trade G Moffitt to Browns For DE Sanford
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The Seattle Seahawks traded guard John Moffitt to the Cleveland Browns for defensive end Brian Sanford on Monday. 

Both teams have confirmed the trade, as reported by CBS Sports via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Nick Eaton. Moffitt's performance at left guard was regularly under the radar as James Carpenter's backup, per Eaton. 

He was also suspended four games in his 2011 rookie year as he tested positive for PEDs.  

With Moffitt's departure, Carpenter and Paul McQuistan are left to battle it out for the starting left guard spot. It also nearly assures J.R. Sweezy will start at right guard for the Seahawks.  

In Sanford, the Seahawks get a four-year veteran who has appeared in just six games total. However, he has recorded three tackles and a sack in two 2013 preseason games. The team has listed him as a left defensive tackle, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta.  

Sanford bolsters Seattle's depth at left defensive tackle which includes Tony McDaniel as well as rookies Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams. 

On the other hand, the Browns were prompted to make a move due to injuries affecting their most experienced guards, Jason Pinkston (high ankle sprain) and Shawn Lauvao (arthroscopic ankle surgery), per the Northeast Ohio Media Group's Tom Reed.  

Moffitt is expected to compete with Garrett Gilkey for the Browns' right-guard position. Gilkey has so far impressed Cleveland's coaching staff with his athleticism and energy, most recently in a preseason game going up against the Detroit Lions' Ngdamukong Suh. 

However, Moffitt won't make it easy for Gilkey, says Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski. 

"John's a tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us up front." 

On his part, Browns CEO Joe Banner released a statement regarding the Moffitt acquisition. 

"We continue to look each day of the year for any opportunity to improve our roster. We're committed to building a team that can consistently compete in this league." 

It will be interesting to find out who got the better of the deal as the 2013 NFL season unfolds next month. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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