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Chiefs trade Eric Murray to Browns for Emmanuel Ogbah

In a rare player-for-player trade, the Chiefs solidify their defensive line.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have traded safety Eric Murray to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, per the Chiefs’ official Twitter account.

Ogbah himself was excited to get out of Cleveland, per his own official Twitter account:

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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