Seahawks Trade John Moffitt To Browns For Brian Sanford
By Allen Kim
The Seattle Seahawks have traded OG John Moffitt to the Cleveland Browns for DE Brian Sanford.
The Browns needed some help at guard, and this trade is likely a response to recent injuries along the offensive line. Jason Pinkston suffered a high ankle sprain just a few days ago, and Shawn Lauvao underwent ankle surgery earlier this month. Moffitt, entering his third season in the NFL, was falling behind on the depth chart in Seattle. He should start at right guard for the Browns with Pinkston and Lauvao expected to miss some regular season games.
As for the Seahawks, they get some added depth along the opposite end of the trenches with the addition of Sanford. Chris Clemons is still recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus, and the team is unsure if he’ll be ready for Week 1. Seattle gets some insurance with Sanford in case Clemons is unable to suit up.
Sanford, undrafted in 2010, only played in one game last season for the Browns before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. The 26-year-old is healthy, but he, like Moffitt, fell behind on the team’s depth chart.
Definitely good for both sides. Moffitt is cheap, young and serviceable. They really couldn't ask for much more at this point.
Moffitt was the best option available. So many teams have lines that have been depleted by injuries this preseason, and the free agent market has been picked dry. He wasn't going to play in Seattle at this point, so it's a reasonable move for both teams. No game changers involved in this deal, but the Browns desperately needed someone serviceable.