The Baltimore Ravens would have certainly loved to keep Osemele around after two stellar seasons that pushed him into the conversation as one of the best guards in the NFL.
However, Osemele seems to think that the Ravens just weren't interested in retaining his services. In speaking with the media ahead of Baltimore and Oakland’s Sunday matchup, Osemele addressed his feelings on matter.
"Honestly, we didn't get close at all," Osemele said of negotiating with Baltimore. "I wasn't really offered much at all. Some of the things that were being brought back to me were borderline... they can hurt your feelings sometimes."
There isn't any way to know for certain what the Ravens offered to Osemele, but head coach John Harbaugh stated that it was somewhere around 8.5 million dollars per year. This is a sizable offer, and more than the Ravens pay the best offensive lineman in the league in Marshal Yanda. But the two sides could not match up with the final contract that Oakland ended up offering, which was worth around 58.5 million.
It seems a bit strange that Osemele would take a shot like this at his former team, but this also isn't the first time that it has happened since he left Baltimore.
Directly after signing with the Raiders, Osemele stated that he was excited to join an organization that was committed to building the offensive line after coming from a place that didn't appreciate doing so. This was another strange shot to take given the Ravens track record of heavy investments into the offensive trenches. Players such as Jonathan Ogden, Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, and Osemele himself are all examples of that.
Regardless of all the talking taking place, the Raiders will be a tough matchup this week, and the Ravens defensive line ought to be on their toes in their matchups with Osemele who is hungry to perform against his old club.