NFL rumors have swirled around the Oakland Raiders being big players in free agency because they had the second most salary cap space of any team in the league. Kelechi Osemele of the Baltimore Ravens is the best and most hyped offensive lineman in free agency this year. The Raiders happen to have a need on the offensive line. According to ESPN, they’re trying to resolve that by offering a $60 million contract to Osemele.
Despite being a monstrous 6’5″, 330 pounds, the number that stands out most for Kelechi Osemele is the number one. That’s how many sacks that he gave up last season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. The franchise started Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Jimmy Clausen, and Ryan Mallett at various points during the season. All four of them would gladly tell you how much they loved having Osemele protecting them.
Since the Oakland Raiders had one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie knew that he needed to beef up the offensive line. McKenzie comes from the fantastic Green Bay Packers organization, so he knows a thing or two about how to properly build a team. Latavius Murray, Roy Helu Jr, and Taiwan Jones can do their best, and it would mean nothing if the offensive line weren’t able to get a push.
Jack Del Rio is going to need to figure out where he’s going to play Kelechi Osemele. The former Iowa State Cyclones star excelled at playing left guard for the Baltimore Ravens. However, the Oakland Raiders are paying him enough money to play left tackle, where Donald Penn currently resides. The Raiders are said to be high on Gabe Jackson as the left guard, so there’s a chance that Penn might move to the right side, if Oakland decides to keep him around.
The Oakland Raiders feel that they are close to returning to the NFL Playoffs, so it is okay if they try to make a big splash in free agency. Kelechi Osemele is either going to help them achieve that goal, or he is going to become a player that Raiders fans regret having on their team.
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