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If one man's trash is another man's treasure, then good luck figuring out who came out on top in the John Moffitt saga.
You see, the Seahawks on Monday traded the guard to the Cleveland Browns , in exchange for defensive end Brian Sanford. And on Tuesday, the Browns shipped Moffitt back to Seattle and got back Sanford after voiding the trade, reportedly over "health concerns." Yet only hours later, the Denver Broncos agreed to add Moffitt, giving the Seahawks defensive tackle Sealver Siliga in return.
So . . .
- The Browns' medical staff either saved the team from a disaster or cost a possible starting guard.
- The Broncos either made out -- proving yet again that the Browns are lost in the personnel department, or are going to learn a lesson in Trading 101 the hard way.
- The Seahawks either really got one over on one a fellow Super Bowl favorite, or gave up on somebody they shouldn't have -- twice.
But there is so much more to this story. And we're not justing talking about Moffitt's Twitter avatar:
Let's start with Cleveland's aforementioned "skills" in evaluating players. For starters, next time they make a trade, they might want to conduct the physical -- and get the results -- before doing things like:
- Issuing a news release: "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."
- Letting the new guy meet with the local media.
- Letting him actually take the field with team, which leads to awkward moments like this, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer :
Moffitt talked to the media in the locker room before practice, and then pulled on his shells and jersey and headed out to the practice field, helmet in hand. But before he even began warming up, coach Rob Chudzinski escorted him back to the locker room and was overheard telling him they would take care of it upstairs.
Heck, as of Tuesday night, the headline announcing the trade for Moffitt was still on the Browns' official website:
But in all fairness, the Seahawks jumped the gun a bit on Monday, as well. Acoording to The Seattle Times:
Seattle had planned to use Sanford as a tackle to bolster depth on its defensive front. Coach Pete Carroll answered a question about Sanford after practice Tuesday, then noted that the trade was not official yet and he probably shouldn't have said anything.
And NFL.com quoted Carroll as saying this about the Mofitt-to-Cleveland deal on Tuesday before leardning the deal had been voided:
"We would not have been able to do a trade like that if the young guys hadn't been doing such a great job. I think that it's really a statement about those guys growing and coming in and helping us."
But ultimately, it appears each team got what it wanted and Moffitt is a Bronco -- for now.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Browns acquired John Moffitt yesterday for Brian Sanford to help shore up their offensive line. This was certainly a good idea considering the injuries sustained to Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao recently. So the Browns acquired a lineman entering his third season with 17 career games played and 15 starts to his name. Most importantly though, what can he bring to the Browns...
The Browns voided their trade with Seattle for guard John Moffitt because they had concerns about his health.
Down two guards because of injuries, the Browns acquired Moffitt on Monday from the Seahawks for defensive lineman Brian Sanford. Moffitt even took the practice field in uniform Tuesday before he was escorted off by Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.
With the deal nullified,...
Faced with a dearth of bodies at offensive guard, the Cleveland Browns made a deal today with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire offensive lineman John Moffitt in exchange for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.
Moffitt, a third-year player out of Wisconsin, has appeared in 17 games over the last two seasons for the Seahawks, starting 15 of those games. He was selected in the third round...
The Seattle Seahawks had a surplus at right guard, a problem they fixed by sending John Moffitt to the Cleveland Browns on Monday for defensive end/tackle Brian Sanford.
Sanford will help Seattle’s defensive line, where the Seahawks are dealing with injuries. Sanford is entering his fourth year in the league but has played just six games in his career.
Moffitt had been competing...
The Browns have acquired offensive lineman John Moffitt in a trade from Seattle for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.
Cleveland needed an experienced guard after losing Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston to ankle injuries in the past week. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Moffitt is a ''tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us up front.''
The Browns voided their trade with Seattle for guard John Moffitt today because of health concerns a league source said.
Hours after the trade was voided the Seahawks traded Moffitt to the Broncos for defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
The Browns will retain the rights to defensive lineman Brian Sanford who had been shipped to the Seahawks in the trade for Moffitt.
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...
If you’ve felt yourself feeling a little down the past two days, perhaps so far as in the dumps, it’s likely because Seattle Seahawks‘ funny-man John Moffitt was traded to the Denver Broncos yesterday after it had been announced that J.R. Sweezy had won the starting guard job.
But, as in all things Moffitt, he made sure his exit from the organization was comical...
BEREA, Ohio - A few Cleveland Browns players joked with defensive lineman Brian Sanford when he returned to the locker room on Wednesday morning, no more than 36 hours after he'd been traded.
That trade went bad when the Browns had medical concerns over the player they received in exchange for Sanford, guard John Moffitt. Sanford had gone to Seattle, but only long enough for...
The Browns wasted little time in re-enforcing their offensive line by trading for a veteran guard from the Seahawks on Monday.
The Browns completed a somewhat rare trade in the NFL as they sent defensive lineman Brian Sanford to Seattle for 26-year old John Moffitt.
Moffitt (6-4, 319) was the Seahawks' third-round draft choice (75th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft from Wisconsin...
The Seattle Seahawks pulled off a trade on Monday that sent offensive lineman John Moffitt to the Browns for defensive lineman Brian Sanford. Well that traded ended up being being voided today due to health concerns.
#Browns' trade for G John Moffitt has been voided. Team gets rights back for DE Brian Sanford.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) August 20, 2013
#Browns had some...
So Long again… John
Another twist just minutes after the last Moffitt news…
Ten minutes ago we thought we were getting funny-man John Moffitt back. Now via Jay Glazer we’ve found out we’re getting DT Sealver Siliga.
Sealver Siliga #98 DT
Height: 6-2 Weight: 325 Age: 23
Born: 4/26/1990 West Jordan , UT
Experience: 2nd season
High School: Copper...