Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah didn’t show for the opening of the Browns voluntary workouts on Monday because of the anticipation of a trade.
By Monday afternoon, the trade was officially done.
Cleveland shipped the fourth-year defensive lineman to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for safety Eric Murray.
Ogbah tweeted this out shortly before and after the news broke:
Ogbah was Cleveland’s second round pick in 2016 out of Oklahoma State and the team had hopes he could be the Robin opposite Batman (Myles Garrett) but he could never display enough consistency to give the team that hope.
With the addition of Olivier Vernon, Cleveland had been shopping Ogbah throughout the offseason.
He appeared in 40 games over three seasons with the Browns making 122 tackles (16 for a loss), 12.5 sacks, 29 QB hits, 17 pass deflections and 2 forced fumbles.
Ogbah appeared in 14 games (all starts) in 2018 with 40 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 pass deflections and 1 fumble recovery.
Pro Football Focus graded him as the 84th ranked edge defender in football with a 58.9 grade (average).
Now he gets an opportunity in a contract year to show his potential as a pass rusher for Kansas City who needs help there with the subtractions of Justin Houston and Dee Ford this offseason.
Murray was drafted by Browns general manager John Dorsey in 2016 as a fourth round pick out of Minnesota.
Originally a cornerback, he transitioned to safety with the Chiefs with 2018 being his most productive season.
The 24-year-old played in 15 games (9 starts) and had 55 tackles, two pass deflections and one interception.
Pro Football Focus graded him as the 50th ranked safety in football with a 67.5 grade (above average).
The Browns have been looking for someone who can play at strong safety after trading Jabrill Peppers and releasing Derrick Kindred this offseason.
Not saying that Murray is the answer to the position but he’s an addition that was needed to the position and it shouldn’t deter them from looking at other options via free agency and the draft.