The Browns’ trade for guard John Moffitt has been voided because the team had concerns about his health.
The Browns shipped defensive end Brian Sanford to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in exchange for Moffitt because they needed to bolster their guard position with Shawn Lauvao (arthroscopic ankle surgery) and Jason Pinkston (high ankle sprain) set to miss the early part of the regular season. The Browns now have the rights to Sanford again.
A third-round draft pick in 2011, Moffitt started the first nine games of his rookie season before suffering torn ligaments in his left knee that required surgery. He also had elbow surgery last year during training camp.
Moffitt reported to the Browns’ headquarters today and spoke to the media before practice about his new opportunity. But when Moffitt walked onto the practice field carrying a helmet and wearing a uniform, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski escorted him back into the team’s training facility.
The rights to Moffitt reverted back to the Seahawks, and then they traded him to the Denver Broncos in exchange for defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, the Broncos announced this evening. It's the second time in three years the Broncos have traded for a player the Browns turned away. In 2011, the Browns' deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was voided, and the Broncos then swapped a draft pick for Bunkley.
With the Browns' trade voided, rookie Garrett Gilkey, a seventh-round draft pick, is the favorite, at least for now, to start in the absence of Lauvao and Pinkston. Veteran backup tackle Oniel Cousins is also a candidate.
And the Browns are back in the market for help at guard.