Cleveland made two blockbuster trades this offseason — both with the New York Giants. The first was when they sent guard Kevin Zeitler to The Big Apple in exchange for edge rusher Olivier Vernon. That was a tough one to swallow because Zeitler was a model of consistency, but it’s also easy to see what Dorsey was thinking.
He spent the 33rd overall pick on Austin Corbett last season and felt as though he could step in and replace Zeitler. Should that happen, this is a win. Vernon makes their pass rush much better as they now have two solid defensive ends with him and Myles Garrett.
The bigger trade came after as Odell Beckham, Jr. was added for the Browns first-round, one of their two third-round picks, and Jabrill Peppers. The price was high, but it was worth it. OBJ will make everyone better on offense which was the point. Peppers will be missed, as he really made strides in 2018, but that’s the price of making a big move.
A smaller deal was made as the Browns traded away Emmanuel Ogbah. After adding Vernon, they felt Ogbah was expendable and ended up trading him for safety Eric Murray. The former Kansas City Chiefs safety is a special teams stud, but has plenty of experience and will help ease the loss of Peppers and Derrick Kindred.
To summarize, the Beckham trade was great, but they didn’t seem to get enough value for what Ogbah brings to the table. Also, until we know what Corbett brings to the table there’s going to be some anxiety about the offensive line.