Today, the Oakland Raiders and guard Kelechi Osemele have agreed to a deal that should be around five-year, $60 mil. The 26-year-old guard is set to make around $11 mil per year, according to Ian Rapoport. The deal will become finalized and official Wednesday when the NFL free agency opens.
In addition, the former Raven was considered the best guard on the market, plus sneaking around as a top five overall free agent. He helps the Raiders out in a way that could put their offense as one of the best in the league and also to win the AFC West in the upcoming season with a chance to repeat for multiple years.
Furthermore, the Raiders play the NFL’s best defense twice a year (Broncos) and need to maintain a steady offensive line to help give Derek Carr time to make a throw and to make holes for 2015 breakout star, Latavius Murray.
Finally, Osemele will step in at the left guard position like he did in Baltimore, even though he can play right guard and both tackle positions. Now, the Raiders could use him as the left tackle, but then they need to fill that spot, which is harder to do. The left tackle position will be addressed in the draft most likely in the first round by either selecting Jack Conklin from Michigan State or Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame.
Note: Osemele has started as the left guard the past three seasons and has piled up 31 starts. The other remaining starts come from the right tackle spot (16) and left tackle spot (4).