Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Cleveland's search to add another guard
By Brent Sobleski
Offensive lineman John Moffitt was a Cleveland Brown. Then he wasn't. The deal which sent the former Seattle Seahawk to Cleveland for defensive defensive lineman Brian Sanford was voided a day after completion due concerns with Moffitt's health. Despite the setback Cleveland is still in the market for veteran help at right guard due to a rash of injuries at the position.
The Browns traded for Moffitt, but the team may look for a veteran option on the free agent market.
"Not getting any specific names just yet, but one agent tells me he has talked with the Browns," Lane Adkins of the Orange and Brown report wrote.
Club president Joe Banner doesn't prefer to sign over the hill veterans which dramatically cuts down his list of options currently available on the market. Winston Justice and Mitch Petrus are arguably the best two options under the age of 30 that could come in and provide depth at right guard behind projected starter Garrett Gilkey, a seventh round rookie.
Eugene Amano and Geoff Hangartner are among the better veteran options with plenty of starting experience if the Browns were to look for a short term solution.
The trade market is also an option. San Diego's Brandyn Dombrowski could be a potential option. Dombrowski was once a starter under Browns' offensive coordinator Norv Turner when he served as the Chargers head coach. Dombrowski is now stuck on the Chargers' third team offense.
Or the Browns could simply wait and see who eventually hits the market:
Jamison HensleyBrowns' search for veteran guard continues
"Even though this trade failed to go through, this shows that the Browns aren't satisfied with their current guards. Cleveland will likely look at another trade or wait until the final cutdowns to add a veteran interior offensive lineman."