The Browns and defensive end Brian Sanford have agreed to a two-year contract, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ESPN contributor Adam Caplan first reported the move this morning.
The Browns created an opening on their active roster Saturday by placing wide receiver Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list because he’s dealing with a family issue.
Sanford, 26, will provide help on the defensive line, which will likely lack depth Sunday when the Browns (4-11) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) because nose tackle Phil Taylor is recovering from a concussion and defensive end John Hughes is dealing with a sprained knee. Neither Taylor nor Hughes practiced Tuesday, and the Browns took today off for Christmas.
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Sanford spent the past three seasons with the Browns. They traded him to the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 19 in exchange for guard John Moffitt, but they ultimately voided the deal because of what the Browns termed as concerns about Moffitt’s health. The Browns then waived Sanford on Aug. 31.
The Oakland Raiders claimed Sanford off waivers Sept. 1. He appeared in five games and started one, compiling seven tackles. The Raiders waived him and re-signed him a few times this season. The most recent time he was released was Dec. 7.