The Seattle Seahawks have one less decision to make on the offensive line, as John Moffitt has been traded to the Cleveland Browns for defensive end Brian Sanford. Moffitt’s departure shows that patience can be very short in the NFL. Perform, or get ready to find another job. Teams are only willing to wait so long for players to fulfill their potential.
Obviously Moffitt’s career is not over, but clearly Seattle did not feel like he had a future in a Seahawks uniform. It is a little surprising that they let him go after drafting him only two years ago, though it is not necessarily a shock. The 2011 third-round pick was supposed to be part of a young, rebuilt offensive line. It just didn’t work out.
This trade is a reminder that teams expect players to be on the field. Moffitt played eight games in his rookie season and nine in his second year. Unfortunately, this was not a good sign of long-term durability. In the NFL, the offensive line is about cohesion and playing together as a unit.
You can’t have cohesion when you are hurt half the season.
Seattle has other options, but they may need to rely somewhat on rookie linemen like Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie. It will also be interesting to see if James Carpenter can stay healthy, as he and Moffitt had in common the inability to stay healthy. Carpenter has actually played in one less game than Moffitt.
Still, Moffitt is the one that was traded and Seattle will move in another direction. Perhaps Moffitt will find success with the Cleveland Browns. In return, the Seahawks get a defensive end with fairly limited experience. This feels like a deal that was made just to eliminate one player decision.
So long, Mr. Moffitt. You were a funny guy, but you won’t get to make a Super Bowl run with the ‘Hawks this year.