Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 8/19/13
On Monday, the Cleveland Browns traded defensive lineman Brian Sanford to the Seattle Seahawks for guard/center John Moffitt. Here’s why I like the deal. The Browns traded from a position of strength. The defensive line is the deepest position on the team. The Browns like Brian Sanford. He is a quality backup.You can sit and watch position drills at camp and often tell what a team thinks of a certain player. Sanford was not a guy that they had to ride or correct technique often. He often took reps with the first team in practice. The team may not have been able to keep Sanford though. While working through my projected 53 man roster today, I found myself in quite a quandary trying to keep both Sanford and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen on the squad. I don’t think it could have happened, and you risk losing a player when you try to put him on the practice squad.  On the other side of the ball, Moffitt certainly gives them options while Lauvao and Pinkston come back from injury. The depth behind Pinkston and Lauvao is questionable. Rookie Garrett Gilkey played at Division II Chadron State last fall. Asking him to play extended snaps early in the season may be asking too much. Who knows, maybe there is more to either the Lauvao or Pinkston injury that the Browns are concerned about? Securing depth at the position before cuts are made seems like a smart football decision. Earlier in camp the Browns had Shaun Lauvao try playing some center with the second team. If the team is comfortable with Moffitt as a backup center, it could open the doors to keeping one less offensive lineman and adding a player they like at another position. The bottom line here is that there is no downside to this trade. The 26 year old Moffitt has this year and next on his contract. He earns $625,000 this year and $752,000 in 2014. He is a better pass blocker than a run blocker, but overall you have to think he would be better or at least more ready to start than any player cut in the next couple of weeks. (Photo: Candice Vlcek/WFNY)
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