Emmanuel Ogbah’s three-year tenure with the Cleveland Browns has been a disappointment. The former No. 32 overall pick from the 2016 NFL Draft hasn’t lived up to the hype now 2,117 defensive snaps into his NFL career. And now, Cleveland’s brass has seemingly seen enough.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, John Dorsey & Co. are shopping Ogbah now that veteran Olivier Vernon and his $15.5M 2019 cap hit on the books. The 28-year-old veteran recorded more pressures in his 2016 campaign (108) than Ogbah has in his entire career (104), and Vernon has since added another 104 pressures in 2017 and 2018 combined.
The writing is on the wall; Vernon will start opposite of third-year phenom Myles Garrett, leaving Ogbah as either the odd man out on the pine or in another uniform. Cleveland, however, likely won’t see a significant return on investment if its brass does ship Ogbah out of the Dawg Pound given his streak of dismal NFL production.
Ogbah has yet to earn a pass-rush grade above 60.5 in his three-year career despite rushing the passer at least 268 times in each of the past three seasons. Rushing the passer a career-high 496 times this past season, he ranked dead last in pass-rush win percentage (7.5%) among the 61 NFL edge defenders with at least 300 pass-rushes on the year.
His run defense was better but still not great. Ogbah ranked 30th in run-defense grade among the 61 edge defenders with 200-plus defensive snaps playing the run in 2018.
Low Day 3 picks come to mind when considering Ogbah’s lackluster pass-rush and nondescript run defense through three years in the NFL. Due just $2.1M in 2019, Ogbah may offer more value to Cleveland as a depth piece than as a future fifth- or sixth-rounder.
On the surface, players not showing up for the start of a team’s offseason workout program isn’t a big deal given the voluntary nature of the Phase I event, which is limited to strength and conditioning and rehabilitation work.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, however, has a better reason.
Ogbah was not present Monday with teammates at the team’s facility as the Browns “aggressively try to trade him,” NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. A deal is not imminent and the fourth-year pro will likely stay away until a deal is in place, Rapoport added.
Ogbah found himself on the outside looking in after the Browns acquired defensive end Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants on the heels of the two teams’ blockbuster trade that saw Odell Beckham shipped to Cleveland as well.
Over the past three seasons, Ogbah has started 40 games, totaling 122 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits. He entered the league in 2016 as a second-round pick with the Browns.
Ogbah isn’t the only player away from voluntary workouts. Running back Duke Johnson was not in attendance Monday, per coach Freddie Kitchens.
Johnson’s future in Cleveland has been the subject of speculation this spring following the emergence of Nick Chubb last season and the offseason signing of Kareem Hunt.
Cleveland is one of three teams with a new head coach kicking off the offseason workout program Monday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins are the other two.
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The Cleveland Browns reportedly tried to trade fourth-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah at the start of the new league year in the National Football League earlier this month, and while those talks broke down, apparently, the front office is revisiting the idea.
While at this week’s NFL Owners’ Meetings, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland/AM 850 reported that the Browns are “still pursuing a trade of Emmanuel Ogbah,” and that “there’s a lot of interest” in the talented pass rusher.
In 40 games over his three years with the Browns, Ogbah registered 12.5 sacks, 122 total tackles, including 70 solo stops and 52 assists, along with 16 for lost yardage and 29 quarterback hits. Also, Ogbah defended 17 passes.
Last season, Ogbah registered 3.0 sacks and 40 total tackles, including 24 solo stops and 16 assists, while playing opposite Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett.
The Browns selected Ogbah with the No. 32 overall pick, the first of the second round, in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ogbah played defensive end for Oklahoma State University in all three of his collegiate seasons, and registered 133 total tackles, including 95 solo stops and 38 assists for the Cowboys.
Of Ogbah’s tackles, 35.5 went for lost yardage and 26.5 were sacks of opposing quarterbacks. Also, he forced five fumbles and recovered two others during his collegiate career.
As a junior, Ogbah set career highs for solo tackles (42), assists (21), total stops (63), tackles for lost yardage (16.5), forced fumbles (four) and sacks (12.5). He had double-digit sack totals in both his sophomore and junior seasons at Oklahoma State.