The Seahawks trade right guard John Moffitt, apparently pleased with how their rookies are playing at the position. According to the Seattle Times on Aug. 19, Seattle traded Moffitt to the Cleveland Browns for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.
This move not only helps clear up the battle at the right guard position but also gives Seattle some much needed depth on their defensive line, where injuries have depleted their ranks. Last season, the Seahawks had one of the best defenses in the NFL and they need it to hold up this year as well, and Sanford should help them there.
Brian Sanford plays both the defensive tackle and defensive end position, and is a 6-2, 280 pounder entering his fourth year in the NFL. However, he has only played in six games over those four years, so he is still an unproven commodity.
On the other hand, Moffitt is a third-year player from Wisconsin who was actually competing for the starting right guard job with J.R. Sweezy, a second year pro. The trade makes Sweezy the unquestioned starter with two rookies, Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, as his backups.
Bowie was the Seahawks seventh round draft pick and Bailey was an undrafted free agent. Seattle has been giving Bailey a lot more playing time over the last week, which might have foreshadowed the Seahawks trade of Moffitt.