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Report: Oakland Raiders grab coveted OL Kelechi Osemele

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 8, 2016 at 1:56 PM
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Coveted offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele agreed in principle to a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

NFL Network reported the deal struck during the "legal tampering" period would be signed at the start of free agency on Wednesday, creating a hole for the Baltimore Ravens at offensive guard.

Osemele shifted from guard to left tackle last season and excelled, driving up his price to more than $10 million per year, according to NFL Network. He allowed only one sack and 10 quarterback pressures.

The Raiders have more than $60 million available under the 2016 salary cap and getting the 2012 second-round pick should immediately upgrade a young-but-improving offense. Osemele has played left guard, right tackle and left tackle for the Ravens.

Left tackle Donald Penn, 32, could return to the Raiders but if he departs in free agency, Osemele could step in at that position alongside 2014 third-round pick Gabe Jackson and center Rodney Hudson, a big-ticket free agent signed away from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015.

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