Breaking: Seahawks Trade John Moffitt To Browns For Brian Sanford


According to CBS’s Jason La Canfora, the Seahawks have traded OG John Moffitt to Cleveland for DE Brian Sanford

This move is clearly a vote of confidence on the development of young backups Alvin Bailey and Rishaw Johnson. Both have been very impressive in training camp so far, though Bailey has mostly been at LT. (He was a college guard).

It is also an indication that converted defensive linemen JR Sweezy had won the battle to be the starting right guard. It had appeared that way, as Sweezy had been getting the majority of the snaps with the 1st team line, but this makes it very clear.

Sanford is a 6-4, 280, defensive end who doesn’t fit the mold of any defensive line positions the Seahawks use. He’s not the undersized pass rusher of the LEO DE, and he’s not the wide bodied 2-gapper the team uses in the other positions. It remains to be seen how the team will use him.

Sanford is just 25 years old, and has played for the Browns for 2 season. He’s appeared in just 6 games, and recorded 2 sacks. He’s in his 3rd year on an undrafted free agent contract, meaning he’s making the minimum, and will be a restricted free agent after this season.

Tags: Seattle Seahawks

  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    $$$ Saver

    • 12thMan_Rising

      This most saved only 124,000 on the cap. There has to be more to it than that I think.

      • Trakar

        Well, we are moving down the PED offender tally, once we give Guy the boot, we’ll be off the top ten list.

        • skeletony

          WE were never really in the top ten for that list. Bad journalism is the reason this meme took hold in the first place and, like most memes, now that it has taken hold few are willing to rethink it.

          • Wyatt Converse

            Very well said.

  • Trakar

    I hate to lose Moffit, probably one of the best characters on the team and a multi-position starter on the oline. What is really perplexing, however, is what he was traded for, apparently, the proverbial “ham sandwich” (minus the ham). I don’t understand trading for a player that apparently won’t make the team, or provide any value to the team.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Moffitt had lost his job to a converted defensive linemen. I’m not sure there was much value in him to be traded.

      • Trakar

        Then cut him, what is the sense of bringing in their trash to cut next week?

        • 12thMan_Rising

          Sanford is depth. The team is one Michael Bennett or Jordan Hill injury away from a major disaster on the defensive line. Having Sanford in camp protects against that.

          • Trakar

            Moot now, but “depth” must make the team before it could be considered as such, there is zero indication that Sanford would have made the team.
            I do think that Sealver might be a more valuable addition and have a better shot at (at the least) making it through the first round of cuts, depending on how he looks in practice and on the field over the next two weeks.

  • DH

    Prior to this move, I’ve never seen the Seahawks update the depth chart this quickly, not in pre-season, regular season, or ever; Moffitt was totally erased within the same day! What really surprises me the most though, is that James Carpenter is still on the team doing nothing & earning fan bucks. Perhaps there is no perceived NFL value at all in James Carpenter (I haven’t seen any)…Moffitt actually had two good blocks in his Seattle career, and I remember both of them vividly. That’s two good blocks for Moffitt, and zero for James Carpainter.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Carpenter has top shelf talent, and can be a major difference maker if he can ever get healthy. His potential is why the Seahawks continue to be patient with him.

      • DH

        Please share any examples of his potential that you have seen. I’m more impressed with the potential of the new rookie tackles, especially Bailey.

        • 12thMan_Rising

          He’s the strongest (by far) of any of the defensive linemen on the team, and an absolute mauler in the running game. If you look back to last season, there was a 2 game stretch (not his 1st game, but after that, where he was clearly a difference maker on the line. Then he got hurt again.

          • DH

            Thanks. Guess I can’t clear my head of the RT debacle.

          • 12thMan_Rising

            He was bad at RT, but he never should have been at RT. Everyone said he should be an OG at this level, but the Seahawks got caught without a RT, and since Carp had played OT in college, they tried to stick him there and it was ugly.

  • ricefield

    2011 is looking like a bad draft at the top end. Carpenter couldn’t cut it @ RT and moved to guard and Moffitt loses out to someone with no experience on the offensive. Some real gems later on but the top two…

  • DH

    Breaking news: DT Siliga from Denver comes to town with one entire NFL tackle on his resume! Who would have imagined that Muffitt would yield such treasure. There’s no stopping this team now. Go Carpenter! LOL.