UPDATED: The Cleveland Browns traded defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah on Monday to the Kansas City Chiefs for safety Eric Murray.
We've traded DE Emmanuel Ogbah to the Kansas City Chiefs for S Eric Murray pic.twitter.com/qA7lCdzIaj— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 1, 2019
Murray was a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by, you guessed it, then-Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. In three seasons in Kansas City, Murray appeared in 45 games, making 11 starts, and has one interception and seven passes defensed to show for it. He also has 88 career tackles and one sack.
The trade came just hours after the Browns reported to team headquarters in Berea on Monday for the official start of their offseason workout program. But absent from the group was Ogbah, the team’s fourth-year defensive end, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Emmanuel Ogbah did not report to the Browns offseason program today in anticipation of being traded in the near future, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 1, 2019
Ogbah had been at the center of numerous trade rumors since the end of the 2018 NFL season. Trade speculation continued to build ever since Dorsey made a trade with the New York Giants for defensive end Olivier Vernon, who will take over Ogbah’s starting role opposite defensive end Myles Garrett.
A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Ogbah made 40 starts for the Browns, although injuries cost him six games in 2017 and two games last season. He has contributed 12.5 sacks and 122 tackles.
During his press conference on Monday, head coach Freddie Kitchens also confirmed that running back Duke Johnson was not at team headquarters. Like Ogbah, Johnson has been rumored to be the next veteran shipped out of town by Dorsey, which could explain Johnson’s absence.
Earlier on Monday the news broke that the Browns are releasing safety Derrick Kindred and wide receiver Ricardo Louis, who were also part of the 2016 draft class.
With the trade Ogbah, the Browns now have just three players left from 2016: linebacker Joe Schobert, who made the Pro Bowl in 2017, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, who re-signed with the team on Monday, and tight end Seth DeValve, who contributed five receptions in 13 games last season.