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Browns void trade for John Moffitt, resume search for experienced guard

Aug 20, 2013 -- 8:57pm

By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com

 

The Browns voided their trade for Seattle offensive guard John Moffitt when he essentially failed their physical exam.

Moffitt thought everything was fine and was about to join his new team on the practice field Tuesday when coach Rob Chudzinski stopped to talk with him. Chudzinski then escorted Moffitt to the team facility.

Though the Browns did not announce a reason for the void, teams just can’t change their minds about a trade without some medical issue. Moffitt has had knee problems and the Browns had concerns about them.

The Denver Broncos felt differently, however. They completed their own trade for Moffitt later in the day.

A similar thing happened in 2011 when the Browns traded for defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and voided the deal upon a physical exam. The Broncos also ended up trading for that player two days later. Bunkley played the full season with Denver and is now with New Orleans.

Tom Heckert was the Browns GM at the time of the Bunkley trade. Coincidentally, he is now pro personnel director of the Broncos. So he's seen both sides of these voided trades.

With the voided trade, defensive end Brian Sanford was returned to the Browns.

The Browns undoubtedly will try to find another veteran to challenge rookie Garrett Gilkey for the starting right guard position vacated by high ankle sprain injuries to Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston. Before the trade of Moffitt was voided, Chudzinski said the starting job on Sept. 8 would be determined by a competition among Gilkey, Oniel Cousins and Moffitt.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@espncleveland.com

Follow Tony on Twitter @tonygrossi

 

 

 

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