Browns trade for some depth at guard

August, 19, 2013
8/19/13
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In desperate need for an experienced interior offensive lineman, the Cleveland Browns acquired guard-center John Moffitt from the Seattle Seahawks for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

The Browns have a hole at right guard after Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston both suffered ankle injuries this month. They could miss the first couple of games of the regular season. Cleveland was forced to play Garrett Gilkey, a seventh-round pick from Division II Chadron State, with the starters.

This is why the Browns were fortunate to get a player like Moffitt, a third-round pick who has started 15 games for the Seahawks the past two seasons. He's far from a top-tier starter but he is a significant upgrade over the healthy options currently on the Browns' roster. Moffitt was the fifth interior offensive lineman selected in the 2011 draft behind Mike Pouncey, Danny Watkins, Stefen Wisniewski and Rodney Hudson.

“John’s a tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us upfront,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said.

Moffitt, a 6-4, 319-pound lineman, will be remembered in Seattle as a disappointing third-round pick who was losing his job to second-year player J.R. Sweezy. He started six games last season for Seattle, four at right guard and two on the left side.

As the Browns' website pointed out, Moffitt is the 11th player acquired by the Browns this year who is either 26 or 27 years old, a group that includes linebacker Paul Kruger, wide receiver Davone Bess and defensive end Desmond Bryant.

“We continue to look each day of the year for any opportunity to improve our roster,” CEO Joe Banner said. “We’re committed to a building a team that can consistently compete in this league.”

Sanford was a former undrafted player and practice squad member for the Browns. He made five tackles in six career games.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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