Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah does not report to offseason program
According to multiple NFL sources, Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah did not report to the Browns’ offseason program. This is likely a sign he will be traded in the near future.
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has been a solid player for the Cleveland Browns since being drafted in 2016. The first pick of 2016’s second round, Ogbah is known around Browns fandom for his pass-swatting prowess, among other positive traits at the defensive end position. However, Ogbah did not report to the Browns’ offseason program on Monday morning.
Ogbah, a 25-year old Oklahoma State Cowboys alum, has been the subject of countless trade talks this offseason. Originally, reports surfaced that he may have been part of the Browns’ trade for Odell Beckham Jr. But, that trade came and went, and Ogbah was still present on the roster.
And yet, Ogbah’s name would not go away in trade speculation. This will only add fuel to that fire, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
With the acquisition of edge rusher Olivier Vernon, one could argue that the Browns don’t “need” Ogbah on the roster. But keeping him on his rookie deal as a third defensive end to rotate in and out could pay dividends for Vernon, Myles Garrett, and Ogbah himself.
If general manager John Dorsey can get something in return for Ogbah, though, perhaps a safety or a linebacker, then a deal could be worth it. If Emmanuel Ogbah actually is traded, then his presence will be greatly missed on and off the field in Cleveland.