by Aaron Wilson
August 19, 02013
The Cleveland Browns traded defensive lineman Brian Sanford to the Seattle Seahawks for center-guard John Moffitt.
“We continue to look each day of the year for any opportunity to improve our roster,” Browns CEO Joe Banner. “We’re committed to a building a team that can consistently compete in this league.”
Added Browns coach Rob Chudzinski: “John’s a tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us upfront."
Moffitt is a 6-foot-4, 319-pounder who's in his third season out of Wisconsin and has started 15 games, including six last season for the Seahawks.
A third-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Moffitt started the first nine games of his rookie campaign before a season-ending knee injury.
In 2012, he started four games at right guard and two at left guard. He was part of an offensive line that helped block for Marshawn Lynch, who finished third in the NFL with 1,590 rushing yards, while adding 11 touchdowns.
Moffitt started 42 of his 45 career games at Wisconsin, combined as a guard and center. He was a redshirt freshman during Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas’ senior year in Madison.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.