The Oakland Raiders have made a splash to help protect young quarterback Derek Carr in free agency. They’ve agreed in principle with impending free agent Kelechi Osemele to a contract.
His Raiders contract is reportedly five-years, $60 million. The contract cannot become official until Wednesday when the new league year starts.
Once he puts pen to paper with this deal, he immediately becomes one of the highest paid lineman in the league.
Osemele was the Baltimore Ravens second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s played right and left tackle along with guard in his first four-years in the league.
He’s been a dominant lineman in the run game. He’s also a capable lineman in the passing game, as well.
He’s expected to play guard with the Raiders with Rodney Hudson at center and Gabe Jackson at the other guard position. With these three in the interior of their line, they’ll have three beastly guys that’ll protect Carr.
Hudson signed a free agent deal with the Raiders last off-season. While Hudson and Osemele has signed with the last two off-seasons, they may decide to let go left tackle Donald Penn.
If Penn leaves the team in free agency, Osemele could always move out to left tackle to replace Penn, as they could potentially see Osemele as a long-term answer as a tackle instead of guard.
Either way, Osemele’s getting paid.
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