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Browns acquire Moffitt from Seahawks

Posted Aug 19, 2013

The Cleveland Browns have acquired offensive lineman John Moffitt from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Monday acquired guard/center John Moffitt from Seattle for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

Moffitt is the 11th player acquired by the Browns in 2013 who is either 26 or 27 years old, a group that includes WR Davone Bess, OLB Paul Kruger and DE Desmond Bryant. What’s more, this marks Cleveland’s fourth trade involving a player since April 1.

“We continue to look each day of the year for any opportunity to improve our roster,” said CEO Joe Banner. “We’re committed to building a team that can consistently compete in this league.”

“John’s a tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us upfront,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski.

Moffitt, a 6-4, 319-pound lineman, is in his third NFL season out of Wisconsin. He has appeared in 17 regular-season games with 15 starts, including six last season to assist Seattle to the NFC playoffs.

Originally Seattle’s third-round pick (75th overall) 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 in rushing yards with 1,590, while adding 11 rushing TDs, which tied for fifth in the league.

Moffitt started 42 of his 45 career games at Wisconsin, combined as a guard and center. He was a redshirt freshman during Joe Thomas’ senior year in Madison. A native of West Haven, Conn., Moffitt graduated from the city’s Notre Dame High School.