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August 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Seahawks trade OL John Moffitt to Browns for DE Brian Sanford

Seahawks guard John Moffitt is seen on the sidelines during a pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Moffitt was traded to Cleveland today for defensive end Brian Sanford. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks guard John Moffitt is seen on the sidelines during a pre-season game against San Diego on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Moffitt was traded to Cleveland today for defensive end Brian Sanford. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

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:

 

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