NFL News: Browns void trade with Seattle, retain Brian Sanford

That was interesting.

The Browns and Seattle Seahawks made a trade yesterday sending DE Brian Sanford to the Seahawks for offensive lineman John Moffitt. The guard was in Berea today, but just before practice he was brought back into the locker room. It seems the Browns didn’t like what they saw in Moffitt’s physical.

Moffitt was drafted in 2011, but has already been through multiple knee and elbow surgeries. It appears the Browns weren’t willing to take the risk on Moffitt’s repaired body, not with guards Shaun Lauvao and Jason Pinkston already out for multiple weeks with injuries.

So the Browns retain the rights to Brian Sanford, which they could try to trade again for another lineman. The Seahawks didn’t waste any time trading Moffitt to Denver right after the Browns rescinded the deal.

Meanwhile, rookie Garrett Gilkey will start against the Colts on Saturday. Oniel Cousins is also under consideration for the job until Pinkston or Lauvao is able to return.

Sorry gang, no more fun pictures of Moffitt.

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  • Harv 21

    that awkward moment when you can’t really walk back into Berea and see the guys you just said hugged goodbye, but you’re really not sure where else to put down your duffel.

    Sorry, Brian. Still, it beats working at home depot.

  • Derek

    well that was fun. nice reporting mgbode.

  • MrCleaveland

    Why would Denver immediately scarf this guy up? Strange.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Probably so they can check him out and void if they don’t like him too?

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • Jaker


  • Kildawg

    Now the Browns get nothing for Sanford, he’s going to get cut anyway (at least he should since the Browns have a dearth of DL depth especially for a 3-4)

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Apparently Seattle radio is chirping about how the Browns never wanted the trade to go through, they wanted an excuse to void the trade so they could pick Moffitt up on waivers. Supposedly John Clayton was proposing this idea. It seems ludicrous to me… why would the Browns risk losing Moffitt to another team if they really liked him when the only piece they were giving up in the trade was a guy who was likely to be cut or exposed to waivers anyway? That seems like pure idiocy to me.

  • Harv 21

    Is their source an embittered walrus of a man with an umbrella drink in one flipper?