Osemele will help to fortify the Chiefs’ offensive line following Laurent Duvernay-Tardif‘s decision to opt out of the 2020 season. Osemele might not be the player he once was, but this is about as good as it gets for a last-minute August replacement. The 31-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler with 96 career appearances, all of which are starts.
The Jets acquired Osemele from the Raiders last offseason in exchange for a Day 3 draft pick. He played through shoulder pain in the first three games of the season and told the team that he needed surgery. The Jets disagreed and urged the veteran to return to action. Things got uglier as the year wore on – the NFLPA got involved and went to bat on Osemele’s behalf. Ultimately, the Jets released him in October, months before his $11.35MM non-guaranteed base salary for 2020 was scheduled to kick in.
During his first Raiders season, Osemele graded out as one of the very best interior protectors in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. Soon, the Chiefs will see how much he has left in the tank. He’ll compete with newcomer Mike Remmers. Andrew Wylie, and Martinas Rankin for his spot on the depth chart.
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