The Seahawks have traded guard John Moffitt to the Cleveland Browns for defensive end Brian Sanford, each team has announced.
Moffitt, a third-year player from Wisconsin, was battling for a starting job at right guard, but appeared to be losing that job to second-year player J.R. Sweezy. Seattle had also begun using rookie Alvin Bailey at guard in the last week and rookie Michael Bowie can also play there. Rishaw Johnson is also in the mix.
The 6-2, 280-pound Sanford, from Temple, is in his third year but has played in just six games with three tackles.
Sanford, who was listed as as left defensive tackle on Seattle’s depth chart released Monday afternoon, adds another body on a defensive line that remains uncertain due to injuries.
Listed ahead of Sanford on the depth chart at left defensive tackle are Tony McDaniel, who has been ailing with a groin injury, and rookies Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams.
Sanford’s contract calls for a salary cap hit of $630,000 this season. Moffitt’s contract had a cap hit of $784,375.
Here is Cleveland’s official press release on the trade for Moffitt.
Sanford, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent, had three tackles, including a sack, in Cleveland’s first two exhibition games. Cleveland.com columnist Terry Pluto had written recently hat Sanford had done well enough to be considered for a spot in the team’s gameday rotation.
Moffitt started 15 of the 17 games he played for the Seahawks the last two years, including six last year — four at right guard and two at left guard.
As for how Sanford may fit into things, Derek Stephens of CBSSports.com threw out the following idea in a Tweet:
Sanford fits the M.Bennett/G.Scruggs/M.Brooks mold of interior nickel rusher who can rotate to 5-tech. So, bunch him into that competition
— Derek Stephens (@DStephensScout) August 19, 2013