With the departure of Kelechi Osemele I was surely not happy, but this seemed to ease my head.
I want to take this time to Thank the City of Baltimore, The Ravens Organization, The Bisciotti family, My Ravens teammates as well as all of the Ravens fans for all the support they gave my teammates and me while I was in the great city of Baltimore. I was blessed to experience the pinnacle achievement in the NFL when we won the Super Bowl my rookie year and have been chasing that high ever since. I can never thank the Ravens enough for taking a chance on a kid out of Iowa State that critics said was too soft to play in the NFL because he was raised in a house full of women. I hope I was able to prove them wrong through my hard work and determination on the field and wish the Ravens and the City of Baltimore nothing but the best in the future! Thanks for all the memories!!!
Really did make me feel better, reading and hearing that this incredibly talented athlete left on a good note.
Then that changed, and quite quickly, after reading a comment from Kelechi Osemele, about the Baltimore Ravens.
Osemele raved about Oakland's focus on building the O-line vs. "coming from a place where that was not really appreciated."— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) March 11, 2016
Wait what? We don't care about the offensive line? The part where we traded for a supposedly talented (don't know without seeing him ever play healthy), and trading for a top 16 center in the league. Drafting John Urschel, and possessing a top 3 lineman in the NFL? The best guard tandem in the league two years running. I mean Rick Wagner was an amazing tackle only a season prior. Kelechi is mad we didn't match the RIDICULOUS offer that Oakland overpaid for. We gave Marshal Yanda the money, and KO threw a hissy-fit and bailed. I'm almost certain we appreciated the O-line, especially after watching Gino Gradkowski get wrecked for a full season. I understand you didn't get paid here, but you shouldn't be disrespecting a team you won a Super Bowl championship with your rookie season.
Good riddance to you and your flip-flopping attitude Kelechi Osemele.