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Osemele excited by Raiders’ young talent, fiery fan base and emphasis on building the offensive line

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The Raiders announced their signing of former Ravens lineman Kelechi Osemele. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The Raiders announced their signing of former Ravens lineman Kelechi Osemele. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Kelechi Osemele was the first shoe to drop in the Raiders big free agency push and the offensive lineman is fired up the moves his new team is making.

“Seeing the fan base just go crazy and see more guys join the team and see the fans engage even more, it’s been exciting to see,” Osemele said on a conference call Thursday after his signing was finalize. “I’ve never really seen a fan base like this that’s responded in such a big way to welcoming new players. That definitely makes it easier for you to go out there and do your job.”

Osemele agreed to terms with the Raiders on Tuesday morning and he was in Alameda on Thursday to officially sign his contract, reportedly a five-year deal worth up to $60 million.

His role on the offensive line won’t be determined until the Raiders roster is set. He started 16 games at right tackle as a rookie with Baltimore in 2012, but moved to left guard for the playoffs as the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Guard is where he made a name for himself with Baltimore before moving to left tackle for the final four games of last season. If the Raiders don’t bring back Donald Penn, Osemele is expected to play left tackle, otherwise he’ll handle one of the guard positions.

“It definitely is going to be predicated on how the rest of free agency turns out,” Osemele said of his position. “I’ve played both positions. I think I can play both at a considerably high level. I’m comfortable with either. Whatever position I have to play to help us win games is where I’m going to be at.”

Osemele raved about the Raiders emphasis on building the offensive line after “coming from a place where that was not really appreciated.” Last year the team spent big to bring in center Rodney Hudson and also has a solid foundational piece in third-year left guard Gabe Jackson.

“Offensive line play is a focus and it matters,” Osemele said. “They want to build that up. That was a big factor.”

He said the impression around the league is changing toward the Raiders, and he got an up close look at them last season when Baltimore lost 37-33 in Oakland in Week 2.

“I know we went down there when I was with the Ravens and we got our behinds shocked,” Osemele said. “They were explosive, had a lot of weapons, a lot of tough young guys that get after it, that are aggressive. You really don’t see that with every team in the NFL anymore.”

 

A deeper look at Osemele’s deal, per Overthecap.com, shows that he is guaranteed $24.5 million over the first two seasons of his five-year deal. After that, he’s owed $9.7 million in base salary each of the next two years and $11.2 million his final season with $500,000 workout bonus each year. But none of that money after the first two years is guaranteed so the deal essentially is for two years and the Raiders could break free without a cap hit any of the final three years.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • irjonny

    hey anyone here live in vallejo by any chance?

  • RaiderCODE

    Big dude – I love the fact we’re being run by former players…. Have to give respect.

  • irjonny

    ZEKE!!

  • Raider D

    Don’t hurt him Reggie! LOL

  • RaidernaireB

    We need a guy to work the short slot like 11 up in New England…

    Maybe Seth cold be that guy but they seem to work him down the field a lot idk if its one of those stick to what he’s good at cases

  • RaidernaireB

    I Luke to refer to them as Lil jitter bugs!

  • inonewordraider

    Two handfuls each

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Signing those two would make this off season straight up unreal…

    That leaves the draft completely open for getting the best players at any position they want…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    at every pick in the draft.

  • Raider O

    Zeke the freak!

  • irjonny

    contract talks between colts and Jarrell Freeman not going well

  • Dakota

    Heard they will play him inside.

  • 24

    Hey Penn…don’t be a Osweiler and run off like a little beeech.

  • Tony Rasmussen

    UCLA – Jonathan Franklin

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    No doubt… coaching staff on up man… staff not to be f’d with.

  • Angelo DeBortoli

    Love the contract Reggie signed with KO..Two years and if he doesn’t produce? Gone..Love it. Love the signing though. A great O-Line is so important. We have a young talented O-line ..Could be together for the next 4-8 years.

    Bruce Irvin brings speed! I like the fact the KNJ was his former coach. Obviously he knows the player Irvin is and makes me feel more comfortable with that situation.

    Sean Smith…A good CB and a team leader (apparently). Having a CB like him changes your defense entirely. He can take away one side of the field. A good defensive coordinator can do a lot more scheme wise.

    Need a safety now..Weddle would be a home-run!!..but Raiders will be drafting a Safety this year. If Weddle signs elsewhere, they could sign old man Reggie Nelson or Walter Thurmon. Another guy, Bacarri Rambo showed some promise in Buffalo. He is only 26..I trust this coaching staff to get the best out of the players.

    Like the E Henderson deal if that goes through. Very talented player.

    Draft? I think they go defensive end, cornerback or safety. Nkemdiche? Things are finally looking up for the Raiders!!! Love it

  • Raider O

    I hate to burst your bubble brother, but I really doubt we sign a MLB unless he is really cheap.
    Lofton got paid so we are keeping him for goal line and 1st down situations, and we have Smith, Ball, and Heeney.

  • Raideraholic

    That’s cool, I’m referring to people that haven’t really followed the Raiders while they weren’t doing well but all of a sudden became fans. At the end of the day I would rather see people be Raider fans.
    Raider nation.

  • irjonny

    you’re probably right, just posting them as i see them

  • RaiderCODE

    JDR/KNJ/RWoodson/WBrown/Tice etc etc – you have to acknowledge these dudes know what theyre talking about

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Kauf did retire very surprisingly early…. right at the point of becoming a solid piece of the offense… I remember him dropping when I was in highschool and I was pizzzzzzzed.

  • DutchRaid

    Lol, Watson played LT his rookie year against Seattle in preseason and then got hurt…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Yeah, but he had a calling man… can’t hate on a man following his principles and faith.

  • 24
  • Angelo DeBortoli

    If we sign Penn…where is KO playing? I guess left guard and move big Gabe to RG?

  • 24
  • canadianraider

    go raiders…..always…..no matter what

  • Dnice24`

    new post

  • 24

    My guess is that Osemele is the versatile one and not Jackson so Osemele goes to RG.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Hard act to follow… Huff is a long off memory at this point… CW24 brought the meaning back to that number.

  • marks hair

    Love this article. One of my favorites in a long time.

  • RaiderCODE

    just bring in a vet to replace Lofton – he needs to retire and probably will

  • Angelo DeBortoli

    Reggie is front loading deals! And that my friends..is excellent news for the Raiders. If Smith goes in the tank, or gets hurt , the Raiders can cut him after year two. LOVE IT

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    heyullz yeah

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    One preseason game, got annointed starter… and hasn’t been able to get on the field for a regular season game since.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Oooooooooh…. Bummer for him. I can relate…

    Hopefully he’s gotten his priorities straight.

  • DutchRaid

    I just remember how pumped up everyone was when he started the LAST preseason game…and then nothing…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I have to say that when he plays, he plays well. But he just can’t get into the regular season for whatever reason… Hopefully we get to see him play a full season before his time as a Raider ends.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Is he thinking of running off to hang with his crew on the love boat and listen to some rasta jams while giving beezies the mayonaise explosion?

    #BEEEECH

  • BoKnows

    I’m definitely rooting for this to happen

  • BuckeyeRaider

    The runaway hippo!

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