Raiders strike a deal with Kelechi Osemele

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Tuesday started with word that the Raiders were one of the leaders to land offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele as a free agent when deals can be consummated on Wednesday and the two sides have only moved closer since then.

PFT has confirmed that the Raiders and Osemele have agreed to a deal in principle that will have Osemele moving from Baltimore to Oakland for the 2016 season if it goes through as planned. Financial details aren’t available, but it’s likely to be a lucrative deal given the Raiders’ cap space and Osemele’s standing in this year’s free agent class.

Osemele is No. 24 on PFT‘s list of the top free agents that can hit the open market at the start of the new league year on Wednesday afternoon, although several of the players ahead of him have been locked up with franchise and transition tags. He’s also one of the top offensive linemen available for a Raiders team that needed a boost in that area.

Osemele has been a guard for most of his career, but did close out the 2015 season at left tackle. If Donald Penn re-signs with the Raiders, Osemele will almost certainly play inside but could find himself on Derek Carr’s blind side in the event Penn moves on.

90 responses to “Raiders strike a deal with Kelechi Osemele

  1. I don’t understand the tampering period. I thought players couldn’t agree to deals, only discuss the perimeters? I understand that more goes on behind closed doors, but it’s weird that they’re essentially announcing deals more than 24 hours before Free Agency even starts.

  2. I’m ok with this. I didn’t want my vikes to over pay. He will be making over 10 million a year. Time to focus on getting iloka to pair with Smith. It will be funny reading all the comments from fans complaining that their team is stupid for no signing him lol.

  3. Too rich for what the Vikings were willing to pay I am sure. Vikes need to restructure Kalil and bring in Richie Incognito to take over the LG spot. With some coaching from Sparano hopefully the left side of the line will show improvement.

  4. As a Ravens fan, I wish KO the best. I can only hope for his sake that franchise is moving in the right direction.

  5. Raiders get a great, versatile piece for the OL. Love KO, gonna miss him… But, for that money, y’all can have him.

  6. It’s going to be hard for people to shake the notion that the Raiders are anything but the clumsy, disorganized bunch they once were, but this team is actually up and coming and have great young pieces in place.

  7. reapshavoc says:
    Mar 8, 2016 11:14 AM

    I’m ok with this. I didn’t want my vikes to over pay. He will be making over 10 million a year. Time to focus on getting iloka to pair with Smith. It will be funny reading all the comments from fans complaining that their team is stupid for no signing him lol.

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    As a Vikes fan, I’m NOT okay with this. Offensive line is by far one of our biggest needs, yet we’re going to keep Matt “Revolving Door” Kalil at full price (absolute insanity) and not ink Osemele, an obvious upgrade. Baffling, really. Let’s hope Spielman and Co. know what they’re doing.

  8. Or fans who’s team did not sign him , playing it off and pretending it’s no big deal they missed out, cause well that’s all they can do

  9. The Raiders had the cap room this season but an inside OL over 10M will set a precedence…you would think Al is still running the joint. Next look for the OT’s to hold out as no OG should be making more.

  10. I’m interested in the terms of the deal. I wanted the Vikings to land this guy but the going price was a little to high for my blood if he’s a $10 million guard. This will be interesting to see the price tag and at which position he lines up.

  11. FlikeMorio says:

    As a Vikes fan, I’m NOT okay with this. Offensive line is by far one of our biggest needs, yet we’re going to keep Matt “Revolving Door” Kalil at full price (absolute insanity) and not ink Osemele, an obvious upgrade. Baffling, really. Let’s hope Spielman and Co. know what they’re doing.

    You can’t force a guy to sign a contract. For whatever reason(s), he thought Oakland was the better fit for him and his family. Good luck to him. All the Vikings can do is alter their plan to upgrade the line.

  12. Great signing by the Raiders. Surely he’ll play at LT as Penn is practically gone.

    Huge hole at RG though, hopefully Alex Boone or someone will fill that hole. Raiders on paper have a very good o-line now

  13. As a Bears fan I’m glad he didn’t go to the Vikings as some had speculated. Our DL has enough problems as it is.

  14. codythao35 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    I bet Vikings win 2 Super Bowls before Raiders will even get a sniff. He will regret, mark my word.
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    What’s it like to be a one-man float in an idiot parade?

  15. The Ravens had ONE good offensive linesman last season. Now they let him walk. “In Ozzy We Trust” right?? LOL!!

  16. I bet Vikings win 2 Super Bowls before Raiders will even get a sniff. He will regret, mark my word.

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    Looks at official scoreboard:
    Raiders 3
    Vikes 0

    With win over Vikes.

  17. Vikes fans two hours ago: Live this guy! Would be a huge addition. He’ll never choose Oakland. Go get him!!!

    Vikes fans now: I’m glad the Vikings didn’t overpay for this guy!

    The Raiders are serious about improving the area that matters most… the LOS. Hudson last year, Osemele this in free agency and adding young excellent players like Carr, Mack and Cooper through the draft.

    Checkdown Teddy only wishes he had the balls and intestinal fortitude of Carr.

    Yeah… you mad. 😉

  18. Love this signing…kid is young and a solid contributor. I think bet bet is to keep Penn for another year or two. Let Osemele play RG until then, which gives an immediate fix to the the right side.

  19. Best thing is it continues the mindset that the raiders are ascending. That will help with the next round of FA signings. And the monster builds…

  20. codythao35 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 11:30 AM
    I bet Vikings win 2 Super Bowls before Raiders will even get a sniff. He will regret, mark my word.
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    Of course, the team that has never won ONE Super Bowl and has lost FOUR of them will win two soon.

    Talk about sour grapes, wow.

    SMH.

  21. “I love how this off season is shaping up for the Ravens. They have more holes to fill than a pasts strainer.”

    And if it continues, maybe the yinzers’ team will be able to win a game from them this coming season.

  22. tjacks7 | Mar 8, 2016, 8:29 AM PST
    FlikeMorio says:

    As a Vikes fan, I’m NOT okay with this. Offensive line is by far one of our biggest needs, yet we’re going to keep Matt “Revolving Door” Kalil at full price (absolute insanity) and not ink Osemele, an obvious upgrade. Baffling, really. Let’s hope Spielman and Co. know what they’re doing.

    You can’t force a guy to sign a contract. For whatever reason(s), he thought Oakland was the better fit for him and his family. Good luck to him. All the Vikings can do is alter their plan to upgrade the line.
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    You know Spielman is not going to break the bank for any FA that’s not his own. Raiders were not going to be outbid.

  23. Any Vikings fan saying OK with this is blowing smoke. We are probably going to pay Kalil $11m this year, and Osemele would have been a HUGE upgrade and would by himself have transformed this line.

    If they cut Kalil I don’t see plan b in free agency. We really had to sign Osemele in my opinion if we want to make some real noise this year. With virtually the OL up in the air it’s hard to see that happening. Then again I may be over reacting because the sting is still fresh, but definitely not ok with this.

  24. he’s a good player at the right price…
    over paying guys can be costly for years.
    ravens made him a good offer, guess the raiders offered more.
    teams gotta have a limit.

  25. Another great move by Reggie!
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    At 18-46, Reg has really proven what a jenius he is. I’ll bet all the teams in the NFL wish they had him!

  26. They had the money and did the right thing. Thought he would be a Kag or Raider due to their cap space. Good for Osemele know the rest of the guard market will proceed.

  27. From a Vikes fan Oakland:

    Drats! Now that that is out of the way, I got a feeling what Minnesota is up to. There are some additional OL out there that if they couldn’t get Osemele, that they will go after and get at a cheaper price. They have tried that before , but w/o success. Still, Kalil and Wallace have so much cap that the Vikings should have cut one of them or restructured both
    contracts. They still might and go for Iloka. Kalil and Wallace are still not safe. They may think they can get two players instead of just one. If they can do it, which I doubt, that could possibly work out. BUT, BUT, BUT, Spielman is a chicken%%%^ when it comes to free agency.

  28. beer4guy says:

    You know Spielman is not going to break the bank for any FA that’s not his own. Raiders were not going to be outbid.

    I think he’s going to break the bank for Iloka at safety, based on the way Zimmer had talked about upgrading that spot and his familiarity with him. It’s a little tougher to break the bank for a guy who you’re planning to move from the position he regularly plays to a different position full-time. I expect he’ll be a very good left tackle, if that’s where he ends up, but it’s still a risk.

    I think the Vikings are overestimating what type of impact Sparano is going to have as the offensive line coach. You can only coach players up so much and there’s clearly a lack of talent. At least two linemen that can compete for starting jobs are desperately needed.

  29. As a steeler fan, I can say that the raiders are heading in the right direction.Carr at Qb good wr’s,L Murray at Rb.the future is bright in Raider nation.looking forward to steeler, raider rivalry for many years to come.

  30. Osemele was not only a great player but a testament to Ozzie’s drafting genius. Taken at pick #60, he started with a team that won the SB the year after the Steelers got Tebowed out of the post season never to return with an actual legitimate win. He was also key in the great three year long Steeler Sweep in which the Ravens destroyed Pittsburgh in 5 of the last six meetings. He will be missed but Ozzie has a plan.

  31. codythao35
    Mar 8, 2016, 8:30 AM PST
    I bet Vikings win 2 Super Bowls before Raiders will even get a sniff. He will regret, mark my word.
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    Hahahaha😂 wooo man that’s funny right there, I lump teams like the Vikes, lions, Chargers, Cards together , ya know we going to do this win that, yet never won squat , after you raise your 1st trophy then maybe I’ll listen , till then take a seat and save the grandiose dreams

  32. fanboyarmy says:

    At 18-46, Reg has really proven what a jenius he is. I’ll bet all the teams in the NFL wish they had him! _____________________________________

    it’s spelled “Genius”, genius.

  33. Love this move Reggie we NEED OL help in a bad way. Ican still ink Penn or take one at #14. Hudson at C and Gabe Jackson and KO at Guards….WOWWWWWW

  34. It would serve Spielman right, if he couldn’t get Iloka now. We still have a one-legged LT and an overpriced receiver. There better be some restructuring and/or cutting now, or this FA will be a complete waste of time.

  35. Osemele was not only a great player but a testament to Ozzie’s drafting genius. Taken at pick #60, he started with a team that won the SB the year after the Steelers got Tebowed out of the post season never to return with an actual legitimate win. He was also key in the great three year long Steeler Sweep in which the Ravens destroyed Pittsburgh in 5 of the last six meetings. He will be missed but Ozzie has a plan.

    Ozzie last plan wasn’t named the Titanic for nothing. Smart players leave the murder capital for the safety of their families and deal built on criminal behavior celebrated by a statue of a felon.
    I love how the off season is shaping up for a team swept by the…. Bungals.

  36. What’s funny is if for some reason osemele doesn’t pan out everyone on here complaining the bikes didn’t sign him will be saying how happy they are we didn’t sign him. There have been too lineman who have been signed in recent years who haven’t panned out after a move. There is always a risk in free agency. Yes kalil is gonna over played but his play wasn’t as bad as everyone thinks. Doesn’t it warrant 11 million? No but it’s his make it or break it year. Also everyone forgets half of our line was hurt last year. Do we need upgrades yes but that will come people just need to have faith in the staff that has improved our team the last 2 years.

  37. So the Redskins lose 36 million of cap room for paying players in an uncapped year, and teams can sign players before the start of free agency?!?!?!

  38. Raiders couldn’t run the ball when they really needed to last year, glad to see that’s the first thing they’re addressing. Continue to upgrade the line, give Murray a good battery mate and you’re making the jobs of Carr and the D that much easier.

    Well done Reg.

  39. I get wanting to leave the Ravens and flacco… But for Oakland? When he most likely had a choice of numerous teams? Well, enjoy the money because we know you won’t be sniffing the playoffs.

  40. Partial explanation to the Viking’s madness???

    1) Sparano is Minnesota’s OL coach. He was the HC for Miami from 2008 till 2011.

    2) Alex Boone (Miami) is still on the market. Sparano was Boone’s HC 2010 and 2011. There is some overlap here.

    3) Boone is obviously cheaper.

    4) The Vikings may try to use that familiarity to help getting Boone over here.

    5) His PFF rating is high.

    6) He played LT at Ohio State and guard in the Pros.

    Just saying. . .

  41. I think next up on the hit list will be defense. It could be the Rams or Broncos…Rodney McLeod, or Malik Jackson (Danny Trevathan)

    Sean Smith, and George Iloka might be getting calls from Reggie as well.

    All the Talk of Weddle is cool at the right price, but the 25 year old McLeod would be better for long term plan.

  42. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 12:04 PM
    Building a Bully

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    Let’s see you get over .500 for the first time in forever before jumping to silly conclusions.

    Most bullies don’t get stomped out more than half the season, annually.

  43. A guard making the same as Gronk’s biggest payday of his career. And pats fans on here have the gall to accuse Broncos of cap tampering.

  44. Raiders o line about to be crazy. More moves like this and we’re looking at playoffs

  45. Chill out on the contract amount..dude will be playing Left tackle..believe that. That’s a fair salary for starting LT in the league.

  46. He is a great guard, and will be a great LT with Mike Tice as his coach. Brings a SB pedigree to Oakland.

    It’s obvious Reggie likes his O-line big, and “Thank God” Osemele will open up the run game for Murray.

    If this pans out, Osemele & Hudson combo will be the best since Shell & Upshaw.

  47. Wear purple or wear silver and black?????
    hmmmmmm
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    Purple and Black would’ve been the best 🙁

  48. Is Gabe Jackson, Rodney Hudson, Kelechi Osemele the best interior line in the NFL?

    Raiders are signing great pieces… get some dbs, a running back… I’ll be real happy!

  49. Congrats to the Raiders, Osemele will be a great addition and the Raiders are a rapidly improving team.

    As I said in a post earlier this morning, no way were the Vikes going to be able to outbid the Raiders for this guy. The Raiders have way more cap space and could overspend (which is what they did), but the Vikes have to plan the cap for some fairly spendy contracts that will come due the next 2 years. They’ll have to go a cheaper route to improve the O-line.

  50. Raiders stole this guy. I wonder how much cash Joe Flaccos gonna crap when he hikes the ball and he’s flat on his face again. Flacco is in for another long year.

  51. slick50ks says:
    Mar 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    Another 10+ mil o-lineman, and massive overpay if you know the fade. (they have to) lol

    What about the horrible defense?

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    You said the same thing about Rodney Hudson a year ago, and although he was injured for a stretch, he massively improved the o-line with his presence. So if he’s healthy for the duration of his contract, I certainly view it as worth it.

    As for Kelechi Osemele – same criterion as for Hudson. I’m in wait-and-see mode and if he adds significant further value to the o-line then he’s worth it, otherwise you can gloat.

    As for the defense, the secondary is in most need of help and I think that if the Raiders poach Sean Smith off your team’s roster, then this might be a step in the right direction.

  52. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says:Mar 8, 2016 11:44 AM

    The Ravens had ONE good offensive linesman last season. Now they let him walk. “In Ozzy We Trust” right?? LOL!!

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    LoL. K.O. wasnt even the best guard on his own team. You ever heard of Marshal Yanda, the highest graded OL in the NFL according to PF Focus.

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