If the Ravens don’t re-sign offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, where will he wind up?
Osemele will be a coveted player in free agency, as a quality 26-year-old left guard who has also shown the ability to play left tackle. The Ravens would like to keep Osemele, but the price to re-sign him will likely be too steep. Using the franchise tag on Osemele, which would cost the Ravens at least $13 million, does not seem likely either.
Here are three teams that might lure Osemele with the kind of long-term deal he is seeking:
New Orleans is looking to strengthen its offensive line after letting veteran guard Jahri Evans go. Osemele is an excellent run blocker, and the Saints would like to run more to relieve pressure on their defense, and on quarterback Drew Brees.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the season that improving Seattle’s offensive line would be a priority.
“We’re going to work really hard to build it up,” Carroll said of the offensive line. “For the course of the season, we weren’t consistent enough.”
Joining a contender like the Seahawks would likely appeal to Osemele, especially if they show him enough money.
They want to do a better job of protecting young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Osemele’s run blocking would also be an asset for running back Adrian Peterson.
Osemele is not going to have trouble finding interest. But to maximize his value, he will likely have to leave the Ravens.