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Moffitt hints that he wasn't given fair chance to earn starting job

Former Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt joined KJR-AM’s Dave Mahler to discuss Seattle trading him to Cleveland for defensive lineman Brian Stanford.

And without saying it directly, Moffitt inferred that he wasn’t’ given a fair shot to earn a starting job in Seattle

Listen to the interview here.

“The way it was explained to me is that they needed D-lineman,” Moffitt said about the trade. “And I was the most valuable guy they could part with. And that was that. Honestly, I look at it as business. And I just keep playing ball.”

Moffitt said he was called up to Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s office, where he was informed by Schneider that he had been traded.

And Moffitt’s reaction?

“I was kind of shocked,” he said. “Because I still thought that I was kind of in this, still battling with the whole compete thing. I thought that was still going, and then this happened. But I think that’s a part of the game, and I really don’t hold any ill will toward anyone, honestly.”

Asked if he really had a chance to earn a starting job at right guard, here’s what Moffitt had to say..“Umm, no,” he said. “But at the same time, I think they felt that if he was the better fit, then go with him because he’s the better fit. And I think that’s how I take it.

“But if you look at reps, and you look at things like that, I think a lot of things could be argued (that there wasn’t a competition), you know what I mean?”

Moffitt said he’s already talked with folks in the Browns organization, and they are looking to start him at right guard.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal confirms Moffitt’s thoughts.

“I just want an opportunity to play football,” Moffitt said. “I want to play ball. I want to start. I want to play wherever I go. I love the game in that matter, in that fashion. So I’m happy to be somewhere where that’s maybe a possibility.”