The Cleveland Browns acquired safety Eric Murray from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.
This was a trade that could be seen coming from a mile away. After acquiring Olivier Vernon from New York, Emmanuel Ogbah became expendable. Cleveland sent Ogbah to Kansas City and acquired safety Eric Murray in the process. Ian Rapoport reported the news Monday.
Ogbah was already a no-show in Berea Monday. Although reports say that he was expecting a trade. This would make Ogbah’s presence unnecessary. During his time with the Browns Ogbah was not able to live up to his successful rookie campaign. After that a mix of injuries and inconsistent play made upgrading the position a necessity.
The newly acquired Eric Murray should at least compete for the starting safety spot. Cleveland waived Derrick Kindred Monday and sent Jabrill Peppers to New York in the Odell Beckham Jr. deal. There was a clear need to address the safety position and that is just what John Dorsey did.
Eric Murray has appeared in 45 games in his three-year career, starting 11 of them. Murray finished his time with the Chiefs with 88 total tackles. This includes three tackles for loss, one of which was a sack. Murray also successfully defended seven passes and intercepted one. Pro Football Focus grades Murray as above average and 50th overall among those that play the safety position. While there are 49 others ahead of him what matters is that the grade is above average.
The Browns were going to get rid of Emmanuel Ogbah one way or the other. Ogbah has not lived up to expectations, is in the final year of his deal and he is not one of John Dorsey’s guys. Acquiring Eric Murray and giving him a chance to compete for the starting safety spot is the perfect type of trade for the Browns to make at this point in time.