Emmanuel Ogbah is preparing for free agency (and the Chiefs should take notice)

the Miami Dolphins have a franchise tag to use and a pick to make, but it increasingly looks like tight end Mike Gesicki will be the one to get it (if they use him at all). According to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, that means defensive end Emmanuel Ogba will be hitting free agency one more time.

This is good news for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ogbah will be a household name for Chiefs Kingdom given his short but productive history with the team. Nearly three years ago, Ogbah was traded to the Chiefs by the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the safety of Eric Murray. Ogbah, a former second-round pick for Cleveland, was at the end of his rookie contract and the Chiefs gave him a place to show off his skills before hitting the open market.

The Miami Dolphins are expected to allow Emmanuel Ogbah to hit free agency with no hurdles and the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to be in on it.

Considering the Chiefs’ change of scenery, Ogbah has shown enough in 4 starts and 10 games overall to make big money in the open market with the Dolphins. With the Chiefs, Ogbah tied a career high in sacks with 5.5. From there, hWe landed a two-year, $15 million contract only to put up consecutive 9-sack seasons apiece in South Florida. Now 28, Ogbah should be paid more than ever.

Maybe Ogbah’s free agency was a lesson learned by the Chiefs, who presumably could have retained him for a lot less for that level of production, but Miami deserves credit for a shrewd signing. Even now, as he’s likely more expensive, Ogbah would be a veteran-worthy addition to a Chiefs defensive line that’s likely going to be rebuilt from start to finish this offseason.

Ogbah is already familiar with Steve Spagnuolo’s system, at least given his single season, and his consistent output in recent years should dispel any doubts about a previously spotty record. Over the past two years, Ogbah has quietly put on 75 total pressures, and last season he even deflected 12 passes. The experience allowed him to really develop his game and flip the bust prospect shipped from Cleveland.

The Chiefs may have their eyes on more passing throwers as they reshape the defensive front, but Ogbah should be in the conversation. There are other players that could work well, but he’s now a proven product that would look good locking down one side of the line for Kansas City in 2022 and beyond.


Christy J. Olson