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Seahawks trade John Moffitt to Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns announced that the team traded defensive lineman Brian Sanford for Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt.

The Seahawks have confirmed the trade.

Moffitt was battling for the starting right guard with converted defensive lineman J.R. Sweezy.

However, comments from Pete Carroll last week seemed to hint that Sweezy was ahead in the competition. Sweezy also started against Denver last week.

“John’s been battling,” Carroll said. “He’s had a good chance to compete. He’s been mixing time with Sweezy with the 1s, and it’s a competition that’s ongoing.

“Sweeezy’s done really well. J.R.’s well ahead of where he was a year ago, and he’s trying to hold him off. But John’s working hard at it.”

The Seahawks also worked rookies Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey at guard the past week in practice. Drafted in the third round of the 2011 draft as the team’s answer at right guard, Moffitt started nine games there his rookie season before suffering a MCL and PCL tear in his left knee that required surgery.

Last year, Moffitt had elbow surgery during training camp, opening the door for Sweezy to start the 2012 season opener at Arizona as a rookie. The two continued to battle for playing time last year, with Moffitt starting six games as he dealt with lingering elbow and knee issues.

Moffitt also had issues to deal with off the field. He violated the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs for not pre-clearing a drug he regularly takes for hyperactivity. Moffitt served the four-game suspension while on the injured reserve in 2011.

And this summer, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in Bellevue District Court. Moffitt had to pay a fine of $1,407, and received a suspended sentence of 24 months in jail.

Moffitt initially faced two misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and obstruction of a law enforcement officer after three separate incidents at Bellevue Square mall in 2012.

At 6-2 and 280 pounds, Sanford signed with the Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010, and spent most of his first season on the team’s practice squad.

In three seasons with Cleveland, Sanford appeared in six games, with three tackles and no sacks.