Former Browns trade target John Moffitt calls it quits

John Moffitt, the one-time trade target of the Cleveland Browns, has decided to walk away from the game of football. First reported by Mike Holmgren Christmas card recipient Dave “Softy” Mahler, the reserve offensive lineman said he was “ready to live a different kind of life.”

Moffitt later confirmed the report with a light-hearted tweet of his own.

The Browns famously acquired Moffitt earlier this season as a back-up guard, but the trade was voided by the NFL after the veteran had been introduced to the local media. Reportedly due to a lingering knee issue, Moffitt failed his physical and was sent back to Seattle where he was later acquired by the Super Bowl-hopeful Denver Broncos. Reportedly frustrated by his lack of playing time, Moffitt didn’t report to the Broncos when they returned from their Week 9 bye.

“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all,” Moffitt told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Seattle. “And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.

“Everybody, they just don’t get it and they think it’s crazy. But I think what I was doing is crazy.”

Moffitt, 27, joins the growing list of young professional football players to walk away from the NFL as a  lifestyle choice. Earlier this season, former Oakland Raiders first-round pick Rolando McClain walked away from the NFL after fearing that he would become the “next Aaron Hernandez.” More recently, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left his team after allegations of a hostile work environment that reportedly included racist and violence-driven emails and voicemails from a teammate.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    Wow! There were a lot of negative folks on here after the Browns “lost out” on Moffitt. I wonder what tune they’re singing now?

  • kylekylekyle

    Take a look at his profile and pictures on twitter. Huge Immature dudes are basically what I envision all of these guys as being. No wonder why these pro’s have trouble moving on from football. Its like high school 24/7

  • Mike Bogucci

    I live in seattle. This horses behind is notorious for going into bars, mean muggingpeople trying to pick fights. I was relieved when the trade got nixed.

  • Garry_Owen

    Sounds like he’s not have trouble at all. Seems like he made a very mature decision.

  • Harv 21

    similar thought. Mike B above may know he’s an idiot, but were there but more young men mature enough to step out of the NFL body grinder and move on with their life work, or at least try start figuring out what it is.

  • Mike Bogucci

    Bully for the guy if this make him happy, i have no comment about that. just wanted to toss my opinion about the nixed trade out there. I hate the f’ing bye week too.

  • mgbode

    some type of chant about burying Weeden where they won’t find the body

  • kylekylekyle

    I wish I could understand this long blabbering response…

  • kylekylekyle

    If you were 27 and had money due to currently playing football, yeah you would be fine right now. My point was to take a look at his life while having this money from what he posts on twitter. He needs to grow up coming out of the NFL into a real world job.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’m sure he appreciates your advice. You should tweet it.

  • BenRM