Is Emmanuel Ogbah next in line for a new contract?

Emmanuel Ogbah was a pleasant free agent pickup last season and it looks like he wants a new contract before he hits free agency again this year.

Dolphins DE Emmanuel Ogbah deserves a new contract
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Emmanuel Ogbah was a pleasant free agent pickup last season and it looks like he wants a new contract before he hits free agency again this year.

Ogbah’s camp has reported that they would like to have a new contract this upcoming season. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Heralds, Ogbah’s agent Drew Rosenhaus has stated: “We would like to get an extension done, We’ve approached the Dolphins about that. That’s as much as I can say.”

Rosenhaus eschewed the original statement on WSVN 7 Sports Xtra with host Josh Moser

Ogbah did report to the Dolphins training facility for mandatory mini-camp.

Currently, Emmanuel Ogbah is in his final year of his 2-year, $15M contract signing with the Dolphins back ahead of the 2020 season. This comes on the heels of a nine sack season that led the team, along with 42 tackles, 21 QB hits, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Ogbah’s play off the edge was eye opening to say the least, and was one of the best at the 5-point stance.

The Dolphins signed Ogbah, the former Browns and Chiefs pass-rusher, to a two-year, $15 million contract before the 2020 season. It turned out to be one of the better free-agent bargains last year, as Ogbah had more than his share of dominant moments. This was especially true when Ogbah was aligned in a 5-technique role, just outside the offensive tackle in a three-man front. He had two solo sacks and 13 total pressures on that role, and on occasion, as he did here against the Patriots, Ogbah would turn on the jets with an inside move, and just bull his way to the quarterback.”

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A late bloomer since he entered the NFL, Ogbah developed well in Kansas City and showcased his potential last season. The 2019 season looked like he was headed towards a big year until an injury halted that season. Ogabh took the next step with the Dolphins in 2020, playing in a scheme that has benefited him.

“He’s got versatility, “He can play inside, outside. He’s tough. He plays against the run. He plays well against the run. He’s fast. He’s got length. He’s smart. He can do a lot. He’s a good teammate. He’s tough. I think I’ve said that already, but he’s a good player.”

Head Coach Brian Flores on Ogbah

The Dolphins coaching staff trust Ogbah to do a variety of things, not only to rush the passer but to set the edge against run fits and his ability to move inside the defensive line on passing downs.

“Emmanuel has shown the ability to be multiple,” defensive coordinator Josh Boyer said. “We move him around in a lot of spots. He can set the edge. He can handle double-teams. He can rush the passer. He is a diligent worker and he constantly is striving to get better.”

Defensive Coordinator Josh Boyer on Ogbah

Compared to this upcoming free agent class of EDGE rushers, Ogbah is fairly young at 27. Von Miller would be 33 and his market value currently stands at $12 million a year per Spotrac. Derek Barnett who’s rookie contract is also up at the end of this year is valued at $10.4 million a year on a 4 year contract. Both Ogbah and Barnett share the same agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

If there’s any indication about Ogbah reporting to mini-camp as a sign of extension talks underway looking at Rosenhaus’s response above clarifies nothing.

It will be up to the Miami Dolphins organization to offer a contract extension to Emmanuel Ogbah and his agent Rosenhaus, who is also Jerome Baker’s agent that brokered Baker’s new deal.

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