2-time Pro Bowler Kelechi Osemele signs one-year deal with Kansas City
Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif recently opted out of the upcoming season. He’s headed home to Canada in order to help combat the coronavirus outbreak at a long-term health care facility. His absence left a gaping hole in the Chiefs’ lineup to which the front office immediately responded. Kansas City has inked former All-Pro Kelechi Osemele to a one-year deal.
Senior NFL report for Yahoo Sports Terez A. Paylor announced the recent signing on Twitter:
The Chiefs have agreed to a one-year deal with G Kelechi Osemele, a source tells @YahooSports.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) July 26, 2020
The deal with the Chiefs is said to be a low-risk contract and will only sit at a maximum of $2 million. Kelechi Osemele was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He went on to stay with the team until the 2015 season and packed his bags for theOakland Raiders’ camp. He then had a cup of coffee with the New York Jets until becoming a free agent again during the offseason.
The former Iowa State Hawkeye also became a two-time Pro Bowler for consecutive seasons in 2016-2017. His best season earned a first-team All-Pro inclusion in 2016. Osemele won the Super Bowl XLVII as a rookie starter with the Baltimore Ravens back in the 2012 season. He has played and started in all 96 games of his career thus far. Kansas City is getting someone who’s clearly been around the block.
Kelechi Osemele will bring a much-needed veteran presence and reliable stability to the Chiefs’ offensive line. His invaluable experience coming in at a low price tag was definitely a bargain deal for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Osemele will be joining the Chiefs’ side in their title defense on the upcoming season, starting with a match-up against the Houston Texans on September 10 at the Arrowhead Stadium.