Browns Trade Emmanuel Ogbah To Chiefs

Emmanuel Ogbah stayed away from the Browns’ voluntary workout on Monday with the expectation that he would be traded in the near future. As it turns out, the near future arrived in a matter of hours. The Browns have traded the defensive end to the Chiefs in exchange for safety Eric Murray, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). 

After a foot injury ended his 2017 season, Ogbah suffered an ankle malady early in 2018. The former second-round bounced back, however, and delivered three sacks in 14 games (all starts).Ogbah has 12.5 career sacks to his credit and will have an opportunity to make an impact in KC.

There was no room for Ogbah in Cleveland with Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon as the starting bookends and Chad ThomasChris Smith, and Anthony Zettel supporting the high-profile duo. He follows wide receiver Ricardo Louis and safety Derrick Kindred, other relics of the Sashi Brown era, out the door.

In the swap, the Chiefs and Browns each traded from a surplus to fill a weakness. The Browns were able to part with a DE after adding Vernon and the Chiefs have extra ammo at safety thanks to the addition of Tyrann Mathieu. Even without Eric Berry, the Chiefs were able to part with a supporting safety, enabling them to bolster a pass rush that no longer features Dee Ford or Justin Houston.

Murray, 25, made a career-high nine starts last season as he logged 55 tackles and two pass deflections. He graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 50 ranked safety in the NFL out of 93 eligible players, positioning him as a starting-caliber player.

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8 comments on “Browns Trade Emmanuel Ogbah To Chiefs

  1. Michael Chaney

    Dorsey connections aside, this makes sense for both sides. Ogbah could be a solid player with more of a chance, and the Chiefs could obviously use another pass rusher anyway. The Browns needed more bodies at safety, and Murray is at least a capable player although I still want to see them draft another guy there.

  2. leematoad3

    The chiefs got a steal ogbah is a star Murray is good too but ogbah is a superstar

    • qbert1996

      ogbah is a solid passrusher. Don’t know what stat tells you he’s a superstar.

    • jaduran

      Ogbah is no where near being a star. he’s a huge DE that is good against the run but not so much as a pass rusher. he’s a good player, just not a star. he has the size and athletic ability to develop into star though. he’s the same size as Garret and had very similar combine results.

  3. Meren

    One you can never have enough pass rushers on your squad. You need depth. especially on the Defensive line. Interesting to see what the Browns do with the Draft Picks they do have on Defense to bolster the Linebacker and DB positions they did just pick up Safety Morgan Burnett as well.

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