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We got a real trade on April Fools day. Yes the Chiefs traded Eric Murray to the Browns in exchange for Emmanuel Ogbah. Both players are on rookie contracts and no draft picks were involved. The Brown’s were looking to trade Ogbah all off season after their acquisition of Olivier Vernon and the drive to trade him only grew when he skipped the first off season program. There are no real negatives here as both teams got a position of need at a cheap price. So lets look at how this effects each team.
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The Chiefs: Eric Murray was a potential cut candidate for the Chiefs because of their depth at safety. Daniel Sorenson, Amarni Watts, Jordan Lucas, and Tyrann Mathieu would have pushed Murray out of any playing time. So they gave up a backup for a staring defensive lineman in Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah will help the Chiefs transition into a new defense. He is a solid run stopper and adds a few sacks a year. He is nothing special but will pair up well with Chris Jones and Alex Okafor well. Solid move by general manager, Brett Veach, and makes the Chief’s draft need of corner back more clear.
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The Browns: The Browns were in need of a safety the moment they sent Jabrill Peppers to the Giants. Eric Murray probably will not start for the Browns, but he will be a good rotational player that can make plays at times. John Dorsey drafted Murray when he was with the Chiefs, so maybe John knows how get Murray to his full potential. Getting rid of Ogbah needed to happen as Myles Garret and Olivier Vernon will take up the most playing time. Also, the Browns would have gotten rid of him next year once his contract was up because he would have asked for big money and some team would have over paid. Overall, another good trade by the Brown’s new aggressive general manager.
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