The Oakland Raiders will reportedly sign free agent offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to a deal worth more than $11 million per year and a total of about $20 million in his first season, according to Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer of NFL Network.
My understanding is that Osemele was looking at getting around $20 million in Year 1 of his new deal. https://t.co/JAaMLFEqYr— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 8, 2016
#Raiders deal for G Kelechi Osemele will make him one of the 5 highest paid OL — including tackles — in NFL. More than $11M per year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
So, what does this mean for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
For starters, the Raiders were one of the chief competitors for Denver Broncos free agent Malik Jackson, according to ProFootballTalk.com. If they're making a free agent one of the highest-paid offensive linemen in the league, there's less potential they set the market on defensive linemen like Jackson.
Second, it sets the market for Alex Mack, who is most likely looking to become one of the highest-paid offensive linemen in the league, not to mention the highest-paid center. If Osemele is getting $11 million per year as a guard, Mack is going to want (and command) that type of money, which is a little higher than the $10 million per year we predicted earlier.