Odell Beckham Jr. graced Cleveland with his presence Monday, but two other notable Browns did not.
As the team’s offseason program began under new head coach Freddie Kitchens, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah did not report to the Browns’ facility because he expects to be traded soon, according to ESPN.
“Ogbah didn’t show and I’d rather talk about the guys that are here,” Kitchens told reporters. “I’m sure he’s got his reasons. I don’t know.”
Also missing was running back Duke Johnson Jr., who could be on his way out before the season begins as well if newly signed Kareem Hunt is able to stick on the team despite pending legal issues. Hunt was suspended eight games after video surfaced of his allegedly assaulting a woman.
“I don’t know. You have to ask Duke that,” Kitchens said, when asked if Johnson’s absence was related to the addition of Hunt. “I’m not speaking for Duke. He chose not to be here, and he has the ability to do that. It’s voluntary.”
Ogbah has started 40 games since the Browns drafted him 32nd overall in 2016, recording 12.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits. But after the Browns added Olivier Vernon in a trade with the Giants, Ogbah has become expendable. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Oklahoma State product has been mentioned as a potential fit for the Jets, among other teams.
Johnson has played 64 games in a Browns uniform, rushing for 1,286 yards and five touchdowns while being more active in the passing game, recording 235 receptions for 2,170 yards and eight touchdowns. His playing time got cut into last year by then-rookie Nick Chubb.