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Russell Okung | Tackle | #73

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 310
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (6) / SEA
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Chargers signed LT Russell Okung, formerly of the Broncos, to a four-year, $53 million contract with $25 million guaranteed.
Okung was a relative disappointment in his one year with Denver but that didn't stop the Chargers from emptying the safe. On a per-year basis, this makes Okung the richest tackle in football. The Giants and Panthers were also in on Okung before he planted his flag in L.A. Now that Okung is on board, the Chargers are almost certain to move on from King Dunlap, who was recently arrested for a domestic disturbance. Mar 9 - 5:35 PM

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Free agent LT Russell Okung is drawing "strong interest" from the Chargers.

The Chargers have been connected to Okung since his option was declined, but this is the first report directly linking them. Okung would be a solid fit with L.A. looking to move on from LT King Dunlap. The Panthers and Giants also have interest in Okung, while the Broncos haven't ruled out bringing him back.
Mar 8 - 4:44 PM

Troy Renck of Denver 7 reports free agent LT Russell Okung is drawing interest from the Panthers and Giants.

That is in addition to the Broncos, who have not closed the door on bringing Okung back despite declining to pick up his option last month. Both landing spots make a lot of sense. The Panthers have to find a replacement for Michael Oher, whose career may be over due to concussions, and the Giants are likely looking to move 2015 first-rounder Ereck Flowers to the right side. Okung could command $10-12 million per year on his next deal.
Mar 8 - 1:04 PM

NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Broncos and free agent LT Russell Okung are "still talking" about a possible return.

The Broncos declined Okung's option, but are open to bringing him back at a reduced rate. That doesn't seem like a real possibility, as early reports suggest Okung could earn $10-12 million annually on the open market. The Chargers, Giants, Jets and Vikings are known to have interest.
Mar 7 - 5:27 PM

Free agent LT Russell Okung is expected to command $10-12 million annually.

Okung has had heavy interest since his option was declined last month. He's already been linked to the Giants, Jets, Chargers and Vikings. Okung is behind only Andrew Whitworth at the top of the left tackle market. Despite a down year, he's going to land more guaranteed money than he did last offseason.
Mar 3 - 4:49 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said the Broncos have not "moved on" from impending free agent LT Russell Okung.

The Broncos declined Okung's option but are open to bringing him back on a lesser deal. That's unlikely to happen in a weak left tackle market. Okung has been linked to the Giants, Jets, Vikings, Rams, and Chargers since his release. Seattle also has some interest in a potential reunion.
Mar 1 - 4:47 PM

The News Tribune's Gregg Bell reports the Seahawks are expected to contact free agent LT Russell Okung.

Speaking at the Combine on Wednesday, GM John Schneider said he'd be interested in talking with Okung. The Seahawks need to perform a number of upgrades on their offensive line. We're not sure Okung qualifies, but he'd be a steadying veteran presence and obviously has plenty of familiarity after spending the first six years of his career in Seattle. Okung turns 29 this year.
Mar 1 - 1:24 PM

ESPN 710 Seattle's Danny O'Neil reports free agent LT Russell Okung would "consider a return" to the Seahawks.

Okung, coming off another mediocre year, supposedly has "no shortage of teams inquiring." A return to Seattle would make a ton of sense on paper, as the sides are intimately familiar, and the 'Hawks fielded a laughable line in 2016.
Feb 28 - 4:00 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports there is "no shortage of teams inquiring about" free agent LT Russell Okung.

La Canfora reports the Giants, Jets, Vikings, and Chargers have shown interest. The Chargers' interest could indicate they are moving on from King Dunlap, who has struggled to stay on the field and was recently arrested. With weak offensive tackle classes both in free agency and the draft, Okung should be able to better the essentially one-year, $8-million deal he played on in 2016.
Feb 27 - 10:23 PM

The Giants hosted free agent LT Russell Okung for a visit last March.

It suggests they may have at least a sliver of interest this time around. Okung's Broncos option was declined on Thursday, vaulting him back into free agency. The Steelers, 49ers, and Lions also expressed interest in Okung last year, and the Seahawks made him a contract offer, details of which were never disclosed. Still only 29 years old, Okung's market will be strong again.
Feb 23 - 9:23 PM

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports the Broncos will not pick up LT Russell Okung's four-year, $48 million option.

Okung would have landed $19.5 million guaranteed including an $8 million bonus if the Broncos had picked up the option. The decision makes Okung a free agent, although the Broncos may look to bring him back on a deal which guarantees less and pays less up front. That might be easier said than done in a thin left tackle market of which, even coming off a down year, Okung is now near the top.
Feb 23 - 1:04 PM

Broncos LT Russell Okung has a $1 million team option due on March 9.

If exercised, the Broncos would have Okung under contract for the next four years at $48 million with $21 million guaranteed. If declined, Okung would become a free agent. Beat writer Cameron Wolfe considers the option "unlikely" to be picked up by the Broncos, but wouldn't rule out a restructure. Okung disappointed as Denver's left tackle in 2016, particularly struggling in pass protection. He did stay healthy, making 16 starts for the first time in his seven-year career.
Jan 27 - 8:36 PM

Broncos LT Russell Okung (concussion) is active for Week 7 against the Texans.

Inactive for the Broncos are WR Cody Latimer, QB Austin Davis, S Shiloh Keo, CB Lorenzo Doss, OL Connor McGovern, OL Billy Turner, and OLB DeMarcus Ware. Latimer has a concussion. Ware is coming back from a forearm issue.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Broncos LT Russell Okung (concussion) is listed as questionable for Week 7.

Okung got in two limited practices this week. He still needs to clear the final stage of the league's protocol, but is expected to play. The Broncos also listed WR Cody Latimer (concussion) as questionable.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 03:11:00 PM

Broncos LT Russell Okung (concussion) is practicing Saturday.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Friday Okung is "on pace" to play Monday night, and another practice will do nothing to change that. Cody Latimer (concussion) also returned to practice Saturday, but he is more questionable.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 01:18:00 PM

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QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Mike Bercovici
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3Kenneth Farrow
4Andre Williams
5Kenjon Barner
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
FB1Derek Watt
WR11Keenan Allen
2Dontrelle Inman
3Geremy Davis
4Da'Ron Brown
5Jamaal Jones
WR21Tyrell Williams
2Travis Benjamin
3Isaiah Burse
4Javontee Herndon
WR31Dontrelle Inman
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Asante Cleveland
5Jake McGee
LT1Russell Okung
2Chris Hairston
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Kenny Wiggins
3Brett Boyko
C1Matt Slauson
RG1Max Tuerk
2Spencer Pulley
3Donavon Clark
RT1Joe Barksdale
2Tyreek Burwell
3Tyler Johnstone
K1Josh Lambo