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Jets Acquire OL Kelechi Osemele in Trade with Raiders, Swap Picks

Two-Time Pro Bowler Has Leaned Up This Offseason, Set to Join His Third NFL Team


The Jets have acquired veteran OL Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders. In order to obtain the 29-year-old, the Jets swapped their fifth-round selection for the Raiders' sixth-rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Osemele, who is listed at 6'5", 330 pounds, has started each of the 93 regular-season games he has appeared in. Originally a second-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Iowa State product signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Raiders on March 10, 2016. Osemele played 42 contests with the Silver and Black following a four-year run with the Ravens.

A Pro Bowler in both 2016 and '17, Osemele was also named a First-Team All-Pro following his first season with the Raiders. He has experience at both tackle and guard and was a member of the Ravens Super Bowl champion club his rookie season.

Including the postseason, Osemele has made 100 career starts with 80 coming at LG. As a rookie in Baltimore, he started 16 games at right tackle. He has appeared in 7000+ snaps in his NFL career (6616 on offense, 419 on ST).

The Jets-Raiders trade will be the first between the two clubs since Sep. 2, 2006 the when the Green & White sent a seventh-round pick in '08 to the Raiders for DE Bobby Hamilton. (Quarterback Christian Hackenberg was waived by the Silver & Black last June, thus allowing Oakland to keep the conditional seventh-rounder they had shipped to the Jets.)

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