Report: Raiders Agree to Trade Kelechi Osemele to Jets After Antonio Brown Deal

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 11: Kelechi Osemele #70 of the Oakland Raiders lines up during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 11, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders have agreed to trade veteran offensive guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson reported Sunday.

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reported the Jets will send a fifth-round draft pick to the Raiders in exchange for Osemele and a sixth-round selection.

The move comes after the Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

Osemele is under contract for two more seasons and will count for $10.2 million against the salary cap in 2019, according to Over the Cap. The Raiders will receive all of that money back in the form of cap savings.

Shedding Osemele's contract was likely a motivating factor for Oakland, which immediately gave Brown a restructured contract following the reported trade. According to Florio, Brown will get a little over $30.1 million fully guaranteed over the next three years, and he'll receive up to $54.1 million, per Schefter.

The Raiders can't officially trade Osemele until the NFL's 2019 league year begins March 13.

The 29-year-old appeared in 11 games for the Raiders in 2018. He missed five games because of knee and toe injuries, and his absence was apparently a bone of contention between him and the team, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken.

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele missed five games to injury in 2018. Some in organization believe he should have missed fewer, sources say. ESPN reports Raiders are trading Osemele to Jets. Move clears $10.2M in cash and cap space.

The Jets are buying low on Osemele. He was a Pro Bowler in 2016 and 2017 and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2016.

Connor Hughes @Connor_J_Hughes

Kelechi Osemele struggled quite a bit during an injury-riddled 2018. Per PFF, he finished with a 53.7 grade (61st among guards). When healthy, he’s a dominant player. PFF grade of 84.9 in 2016 & 76.1 in 2017. He’ll turn 30 on June 24.

Evan Silva @evansilva

Kelechi Osemele was PFF's No. 9 pass-blocking OG in 2016, No. 12 in 2017, and No. 61 in 2018. Battled injuries in final season with #Raiders but strange how entire Oakland OL got worse as soon as Tom Cable became position coach. Osemele not yet 30. #Jets

Entering this offseason, the Jets needed to make upgrades to their offensive line. According to Football Outsiders, they finished 32nd in adjusted line yards and 18th in adjusted sack rate. The addition of Osemele should improve New York's run-blocking in particular.

The Jets have $92.4 million in available cap space as well, per Over the Cap, so absorbing Osemele's contract doesn't put a serious dent in their spending flexibility.

If things go poorly, then New York's investment in Osemele doesn't have to extend into 2020. None of the $11.7 million he's due to make in the final year of his deal would count against the cap were the Jets to release or trade him.