Kelechi Osemele presents KC Chiefs with risky variables in free agency

Kelechi Osemele earned himself a tremendous amount of good will after making just four starts for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020.

Heading into another offseason, it’s not hard to find members of Chiefs Kingdom excited about the idea of bringing back Osemele again in 2021, given that he originally signed a one-year deal with the team last summer. The Chiefs have offensive line needs, and Osemele is an offensive lineman. The marriage looked good at the start of 2020, so it makes sense to believe that the veteran guard could return once healthy and provide what the team needs heading into 2021.

Ever since the Baltimore Ravens made Osemele their second round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Osemele has been an overwhelming physical presence for the Ravens and, later, the Oakland Raiders at left guard. After four seasons in Baltimore, he earned a big contract to anchor the Raiders’ line in 2016 and he responded with consecutive Pro Bowl seasons—a period during which he furthered his reputation as a mauler to the rest of the AFC West.

While injuries forced the Raiders to trade Osemele to the Jets (he was going to be cut if New York didn’t step up with a swap of draft picks), Osemele did lose the bulk of a season due to a shoulder surgery and resulting rehab. However, when the Chiefs signed him at the beginning of the 2020 season, he looked like…

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