Posted: 9:48 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
By Chris Pokorny
The Cleveland Browns traded DE Brian Sanford to the Seattle Seahawks Monday evening in exchange for OG John Moffitt. The Browns also announced that they have terminated the contract of FB Brock Bolen, who missed most of training camp with an injury. Cleveland's roster now sits at 89 players, so they will likely sign somebody this week, perhaps after holding a few tryouts.
The big story here is the acquisition of Moffitt. On the surface, this seems like a major score for Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi -- and by "major score," I mean someone who can step into the starting role at right guard for the first two games of the regular season before giving way to either Shawn Lauvao or Jason Pinkston. Here is some background information on Moffitt:
Here is how Pro Football Focus graded Moffitt; if someone wants to interpret the figure, please do:
New #Browns guard John Moffitt graded at -27.6 on his 997 snaps in his two years in Seattle— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) August 19, 2013
There is still a chance that rookie OG Garrett Gilkey will start on opening day, but my projection is that Moffitt will have the edge. The fact that Cleveland traded a player, and not a draft pick, for Moffitt makes the deal even sweeter. Sanford has been with Cleveland for four years now, but he has never been put in position to contribute on gameday.
I thought Sanford was just camp fodder this year, but he drew high marks from the coaching staff and did have a chance to make the final roster. If he had made it, though, he would've been buried on the depth chart. This trade is a win for both teams, but more so for the Browns -- Sanford might still end up getting released by the Seahawks in two weeks, and I'm sure the Browns kept that in mind too.