Ravens left tackle Kelechi Osemele walks off the field after a 34-14 loss to the Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens left tackle Kelechi Osemele walks off the field after a 34-14 loss to the Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Much of the discussion about Kelechi Osemele's move from left guard to left tackle for the Ravens' final four games of the season centered around the effect it would have on his pending free agency.

But to hear Osemele talk about it before Sunday's season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, he's thinking about it as just that — a season finale, not his last game in a Ravens uniform.

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"This is the last game of my season, that's kind of how I'm taking it," he said. "I'm going to finish and play to the best of my ability, and obviously we want to go out there and win, and obviously, I want to go out there and dominate like I always do.

"So whatever happens, happens. That's outside of my control. I'm just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability and let the cards fall where they do."

Still, Osemele said at a news conference that he spoke with general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome on his move to tackle and how that would affect his long-term prospects with the team.

Osemele said such conversations occurred three weeks ago, after he made his debut at left tackle against the Seattle Seahawks, but elected to keep them private. On Wednesday, he said he thought the discussions about him coming back to the Ravens went well.

"He was really positive about it," Osemele said. "I was positive about staying. I think we've done great work here, and obviously, working with someone like that, you want to stay. ... Talking to him, he kind of seems like he's on the same page. We'll see what happens, and if we can get a deal done, we will."

Newsome is not only a reason why Osemele would want to stay, with Newsome's ability to contruct a roster with high-caliber players unrivaled in Osemele's mind, but he's also encouraged Osemele to embrace the move to tackle.

"The guy's a visionary," Osemele said. "He watched a lot of film, so I was confident that he was confident and it's just been going well. … Just him letting me know that this wasn't something random, he knows what he's doing. He told me that he watched a lot of film, going back through college and just the practice reps I took here. Hearing that and having the prior experience in college and stuff like that, obviously that's going to give a player confidence."

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