2016 NFL Draft Combine notes: Kelechi Osemele
By Will Lomas
The 2016 NFL Draft combine is going on right now, and it is officially the kickoff to offseason/draft season.
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However, the most important news from the combine rarely comes from the on the field workouts. The real news comes from conversations with agents, coaches, GMs, and players themselves to find out what is going on behind the scenes.
This is news on what is happening off the field right now.
Tennessee Titans top free agent target has an asking price
One of the guys that the Titans need to take a long hard look at this offseason is Kelechi Osemele the Baltimore Ravens dominant guard and tackle.
Aside from being one of the best guards in the NFL already at a young age, he has also shown that he is more than capable of playing at the offensive tackle position which makes him even more interesting for the Tennessee Titans.
If the Titans miss out on Mitchell Schwartz the right tackle from the Cleveland Browns (or even if they don’t) Osemele would be a huge get for the team. They need someone to plug that hole, and who better than one of the best in the league?
If it doesn’t work out at guard or if they find someone they like who is younger, it would open up the window for him to slide to offensive tackle where the Titans also have issues. Either way, he would come in and make an instant impact on this offensive line and give them the identity they crave.
The news on him today is that Ian Rapoport says that, he already has an offer on the table to be the second highest paid offensive player on that team. So, what is that number? Well, assuming that he is talking about yearly average rather than total contract let’s look at the current 2nd highest offensive player on that roster thanks to OTC.
Currently offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is the second highest paid offensive player on the roster making just $6.5 million annually.
Well while that looks like a lot for a guard, it would only make K.O. the 6th highest paid guard in the league. Take into consideration that he also plays tackle, which would only make him the 21st highest paid tackle in the league.
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So, there is no reason that the Tennessee Titans shouldn’t match or exceed that offer immediately. Given his flexibility, age, dominance, and potential I would love to see them offer him a 5 year/$37.5 million contract. In a league with a rising cap, that would likely end up making him a steal in his final years which should be back-loaded anyway.
This is a no brainer to me, and I hope the Tennessee Titans see it that way too.