We have acquired DE Emmanuel Ogbah in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for S Eric Murray. pic.twitter.com/tAP8KwGUaY— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 1, 2019
Ogbah himself was excited to get out of Cleveland, per his own official Twitter account:
— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) April 1, 2019
KC Chiefs!!!!— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) April 1, 2019
Ogbah, 25, is a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive end who first entered the league as a second-round pick (32nd overall) made by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. He is a product of Oklahoma State. The Chiefs clear more than $800,000 in 2019 cap space with the move, according to Spotrac.
In his three-year career, Ogbah has played and started in 40 games, compiling 122 tackles (70 solo), including 16 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback hits, 12.5 sacks, 17 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Murray, 25, a 5-foot-11, 199-pound safety, joined the Chiefs as a fourth-round pick (106th overall) in the 2016 NFL draft. He played in 45 games for the Chiefs, starting 11 of them. He was credited with 88 tackles (72 solo), an interception, a fumble recovery, a sack and seven passes defensed during his three years with the team. He played his college ball at Minnesota.
The Browns — one of eight NFL teams that started their offseason workouts on Monday — were without Ogbah during their first session because he was expecting to be traded. As it turned out, he was right.
Even with the release of Eric Berry, Murray was not a certainty to start for the Chiefs at safety in 2019. Current Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey originally drafted Murray when he was with the Chiefs, so he traded for a player he originally liked and sent the Chiefs a player with good upside. Ogbah is a former high draft pick, which is becoming a trend for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach.
How Ogbah fits into the Chiefs’ 4-3 Under/Hybrid rotation raises questions for the futures of Allen Bailey — currently an unrestricted free agent whom the Chiefs were reportedly considering bringing back — and Tanoh Kpassagnon, who was also drafted by Dorsey and has never seemed to fit into the Chiefs’ lineup.
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Imagine Chiefs will use Ogbah inside on 3rd downs. He's more of a technician than an edge bender.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) April 1, 2019
Ogbah a nice fit for the Chiefs as they switch to a 4-3. Can play DT and DE. Like that. Murray adds much-needed S depth for the Browns— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) April 1, 2019
Ogbah isn't some game-changing solution for the Chiefs but he is a depth EDGE with upside that they got for a guy I didn't see making the roster. He's got value to this team.— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) April 1, 2019
That Ogbah trade was in the works for 3+ weeks. Looks like the Browns always felt they'd need the draft to add depth to the D line so they were willing to add the safety now and give Ogbah a fresh start.— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) April 1, 2019
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