The Kansas City Chiefs have picked up defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah from the Cleveland Browns for safety Eric Murray in a rare one-for-one NFL trade.
The Kansas City Chiefs made a rare player-for-player swap with former general manager John Dorsey, now GM of the Cleveland Browns, in Monday’s announced deal of safety Eric Murray going to Cleveland for defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah.
Ogbah was on the trading block in Cleveland for some time, ever since Dorsey pulled off another trade with the New York Giants to bring in Olivier Vernon. Ogbah became expendable at that point, at least as a starting option, and the defensive end himself didn’t show up for Browns offseason activities knowing he would likely be dealt.
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For the Chiefs, safety was one of the more loaded positions on the roster, at least in terms of depth, as Murray was competing for minutes alongside Dan Sorensen, Armani Watts and Jordan Lucas alongside Tyrann Mathieu in the first season post-Eric Berry. Murray was entering the last year of his rookie contract.
Ogbah is also coming into Kansas City with a single season left on his rookie deal. The Chiefs have needs along the defensive front as they move to a 4-3 under base with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo at the helm. Alex Okafor has already been signed as a free agent to man one side of defensive line, and now Ogbah can compete for starter’s reps along with developmental talent like Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon.
The Chiefs now have real depth to speak of as they head into the draft, and Spagnuolo should be quite pleased with the rotation that’s already set in K.C. The line might lack an impact talent at end, but there are several capable bodies who can man the front while hoping the developmental talent grows as expected.
Ogbah had 40 tackles, 8 passes batted, 3 sacks and 8 quarterback hits for the Browns last season. He is still only 25-years-old.