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Kelechi Osemele | Guard | #70

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 330
College: Iowa State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (60) / BAL
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Raiders signed G/T Kelechi Osemele, formerly of the Ravens, to a five-year, $58.5 million contract.
Another $1.5 million is available through incentives. $12 million per year would be a lot to pay a guard, but Osemele is likely to take over at left tackle for departing free agent Donald Penn. With Osemele joining LG Gabe Jackson and C Rodney Hudson, the Raiders have the makings of a strong offensive line. Mar 9 - 3:05 PM

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NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Raiders and free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele have an agreement in principle on a five-year, $60 million deal.

This deal would dramatically reset the guard market, but it is likely the Raiders are signing Osemele to replace LT Donald Penn, who is expected to bolt in free agency. If Penn re-signs, Osemele would join LG Gabe Jackson and C Rodney Hudson in a stacked interior line. The deal is expected to be finalized when the new league year begins Wednesday afternoon.
Mar 8 - 10:23 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling reports Minnesota is "very much in" on free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele.

Osemele's market is white-hot after one day of the "legal tampering" period. The Raiders and Vikings seem to be very interested in the versatile soon-to-be 27-year-old, and we'd expect many more teams to be connected to Osemele before Wednesday. In Minnesota, Osemele could be signed to play left tackle where the Vikings can release incumbent LT Matt Kalil and clear $11.096 million. Osemele is fully expected to land $10 million-plus per year this week.
Mar 7 - 11:15 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Raiders are making a "strong push" for free agent OG Kelechi Osemele.

Garafalo would "call (Oakland) the favorites" for Osemele, who is the top free agent guard on the market and can also play tackle. Garafolo expects Osemele to command over $10 million per year. Osemele could be a left tackle option in Oakland, where Donald Penn's contract is up. More likely, Osemele would bookend studly LG Gabe Jackson at guard. In Jackson, Osemele, and C Rodney Hudson, the Raiders would suddenly have an imposing interior line.
Mar 7 - 8:57 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Ravens "have only limited interest" in re-signing free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele.

This goes against previous reports that the Ravens badly wanted to retain Osemele and make him their left tackle. Per Cole, the Ravens don't want to guarantee Osemele much money and prefer to pay year by year. Osemele has a history of knee and back issues, but he is poised to break the bank as one of the top free agents at any position. Osemele is seeking $10 million-plus per year.
Mar 7 - 12:33 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports the Ravens are "highly unlikely" to retain impending free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele.

Easily the best lineman on the market, reports have put Osemele's price at $10 million-plus per year. The Ravens simply do not have the cap room to compete in that price range. Osemele will be bombarded with interest once the legal tampering period begins Monday.
Mar 7 - 9:37 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "like" free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele.

The Dolphins are finally getting serious about upgrading their perennially woeful guard play, but Osemele is probably out of their price range. The Ravens have said they envision Osemele as their left tackle. He's Rotoworld's No. 2 overall free agent, behind only Malik Jackson.
Mar 3 - 11:37 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the "buzz" at the Combine is free agent G/T Kelechi Osemele is "looking at" $10 million-plus per year.

Osemele has everything going for him; he's only 26, can play four positions along the offensive line aside from center, and will easily be a top-five free agent once others get franchise tags. The Ravens have reportedly been "aggressive" in trying to retain Osemele, who they view as their long-term left tackle, but it's probably going to take a big offer to keep him off the open market. The Ravens have already used their franchise tag on K Justin Tucker.
Feb 26 - 9:57 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team has made an "aggressive offer" to impending free agent OL Kelechi Osemele.

Harbaugh says the Ravens offered to make Osemele their second highest paid offensive player behind Joe Flacco. Osemele started at left tackle the final four games of last season, and Harbaugh said that is where the team envisions him. The admission puts LT Eugene Monroe's Ravens future in serious doubt. Baltimore can save $2.1 million against the cap by releasing Monroe.
Feb 25 - 12:41 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes it will be "awfully tough" for the Ravens to re-sign impending free agent OG Kelechi Osemele.

Osemele is easily the top free agent guard available and also has experience at tackle. His price tag may simply be too high for the Ravens to match, especially if other teams view him as a viable left tackle. If Baltimore wants to keep Osemele, they could save $2.1 million against the cap by releasing LT Eugene Monroe.
Feb 15 - 11:28 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Kelechi Osemele will close out the season at left tackle.

With Eugene Monroe (shoulder) done for the season, Osemele kicked out to left tackle last week against the Seahawks. "I thought he looked good," Harbaugh said. "There are some things that he can do better. Sometimes the sets and the angles and the timing the movement, sometimes it’s something that he’ll get a feel for more and more as he plays. But, he had lots of good blocks [in] pass protection and the run game." An impending free agent, adding tackle potential to his already stellar guard play should earn Osemele a few extra dollars. With Monroe's future in Baltimore uncertain, the Ravens could entertain the idea of Osemele as the long-term answer at left tackle.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Ravens declared LG Kelechi Osemele, RB Terrance West, WR Joe Morgan, TE Nick Boyle, TE Chase Ford, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, and CB Cassius Vaughn inactive for Week 11 against the Rams.

Osemele has a knee injury that first forced him out Week 7. Ryan Jensen will get the start at left guard. It's a big downgrade for Justin Forsett's matchup.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 11:43:00 AM

Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele exited Week 7 against the Cardinals with a knee injury and will not return.

Osemele and RG Marshal Yanda might be the Ravens' two-best offensive players not named Steve Smith Sr. It's a big loss, particularly for the run game.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 11:07:00 PM

Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele (Achilles') has resumed practicing.

Osemele was unsure of his status 11 days ago, but he's now fully on track for Week 1. Osemele was one of the league's best guards last season.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 01:49:00 PM

Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele has been slowed by an Achilles' issue, and admits he'd probably be sidelined for Week 1 were it today.

Osemele got "stepped on" August 5, and the injury has been "pretty bad ever since." Osemele said "we'll see" when asked about his Week 1 status. Although Osemele's pessimism is concerning, he's still been getting in practice reps. We'd guess he'll be ready for the opener.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 05:45:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
3Connor Cook
RB1Latavius Murray
2DeAndre Washington
3Jalen Richard
4Taiwan Jones
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Jamize Olawale
3RB1Latavius Murray
2DeAndre Washington
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Johnny Holton
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Seth Roberts
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Clive Walford
2Mychal Rivera
3Lee Smith
LT1Donald Penn
2Matt McCants
LG1Kelechi Osemele
2Vadal Alexander
C1Rodney Hudson
RG1Gabe Jackson
2Jon Feliciano
RT1Austin Howard
2Menelik Watson
K1Sebastian Janikowski