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Russell Okung | Tackle | #73

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 310
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (6) / SEA
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Broncos LT Russell Okung (shoulder surgery) isn't participating in OTAs.
Okung is expected to be ready for training camp, but he has more to lose than the average injured player. Okung's $5 million salary is only guaranteed if he's on the roster for Week 1. That means he has to be healthy. The odds are extremely low that Okung is let go, but will skyrocket if his shoulder doesn't heal as planned. May 24 - 6:47 PM
Source: NBC Denver

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Russell Okung's five-year deal with the Broncos contains no guaranteed money.

This is what happens when you negotiate your own contract instead of having an agent. Okung's 2016 salary won't be guaranteed unless he's on the roster for Week 1. That means the Broncos are protected if Okung's health deteriorates, which is a distinct possibility after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. In today's NFL, it's rare for a player of Okung's stature to accept a deal without any guarantees. Okung's contract is essentially a one-year deal with four years worth of non-guaranteed team options. If things go south for Okung, Denver can move on from him without much hassle.
Mar 18 - 2:03 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports new Broncos LT Russell Okung's "five-year deal" is actually a one-year, $5 million deal with a four-year team option.

He can earn another $3 million in 2016 through incentives. This makes much more sense than the initially reported five-year pact worth an annual $10.6 million. Going on 28, Okung has serious injury and consistency question marks. If he excels in 2016, the Broncos get to exercise a four-year option worth an annual $12 million. It's a low-risk deal for GM John Elway, who is beginning to stake a claim to being the best in the business.
Mar 17 - 5:07 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with LT Russell Okung, formerly of the Seahawks, on a five-year contract.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the deal is worth $10.6 million per season, while NFL.com's Ian Rapoport says it could push $12 million. It's a massive chunk of change for a player who is often hurt — Okung is currently recovering from shoulder surgery — and has frequently underperformed. It speaks to how difficult it is to find a left tackle. Okung's addition means the Broncos will be moving on from Ryan Clady, either via trade or release. Clady missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. Stop-gap Ryan Harris signed with the Steelers, so the Broncos will have little room for error with Okung's fragile health.
Mar 17 - 4:09 PM

Free agent LT Russell Okung will visit the Broncos.

The Lions and Giants are also beating down Okung's door. His market has heated up in recent days as we've officially entered the second wave of free agency. If signed, Okung would likely push LT Ryan Clady out of a job.
Mar 16 - 11:45 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports free agent OT Russell Okung has received offers from the Lions, Steelers and Giants.

La Canfora reports Okung's visit with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak on Monday will be his last meeting. Pittsburgh would certainly offer Okung a chance to stay at left tackle, but they have the least money to spend of the group. The Lions would likely plug Okung in at left tackle as well, but Riley Reiff would need to be willing to switch to the right side. With sophomore Ereck Flowers on the left side, the situation in New York is more complicated. Okung should make his decision this week.
Mar 14 - 12:50 PM

The Steelers have extended free agent OT Russell Okung a contract offer.

Details are unknown, but the Steelers are well aware Ali Villanueva isn't their answer at left tackle, and negotiations with free agent Kelvin Beachum (ACL) don't appear to be going smoothly. Okung has struggled to stay healthy in his career, but he would be a big upgrade on Ben Roethlisberger's blind side.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 13 - 7:39 PM

Free agent LT Russell Okung will visit the Steelers.

Okung has interest from multiple teams, with the Lions, Giants, 49ers, and Seattle all in the mix. The Steelers could sign Okung as Kelvin Beachum's replacement.
Mar 12 - 3:07 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the 49ers have reached out to free agent LT Russell Okung.

Okung is also on the Lions and Giants' radars. The 49ers would likely view Okung as a right tackle with Joe Staley locked in on the left side. Both Detroit and New York would be preferable landing spots for Okung, who should want to continue to play left tackle. He'd definitely play left tackle in MoTown.
Mar 11 - 1:58 PM

Free agent LT Russell Okung has scheduled visits with the Lions and Giants.

The 49ers are also reportedly interested. Okung is serving as his own agent, which almost never pays off for NFL players. His market has been silent to this point, which is surprising for by-far the premier left tackle available in free agency. Okung would be an especially good fit in Detroit, allowing the Lions to move Riley Reiff to right tackle. Reports indicate Okung's first free agent visit will be to the G-Men.
Mar 10 - 8:32 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks have "made a strong offer" to free agent LT Russell Okung.

Rapoport reported three days ago Okung was intent on hitting the market, but the Seahawks are making a last-ditch effort to keep him in town. With Cordy Glenn off the market, Okung is arguably the best blindside protector available. Even with his injury history, Okung should command a big deal.
Mar 9 - 2:58 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent LT Russell Okung is "intent on hitting the market."

He hasn't ruled out a return to Seattle but there's no harm in seeing what his value is on the open market. Now that Buffalo has franchise-tagged Cordy Glenn, Okung figures to be the most coveted tackle in free agency. The 27-year-old is coming off shoulder surgery but should be recovered in time for OTAs.
Mar 6 - 12:34 PM

Free agent LT Russell Okung says it’s "very possible" he could re-sign with Seattle.

"We've had some conversations," Okung said. "We've been back and forth. I know my value, and I'm not going to settle for anything less." Okung is representing himself in contract talks. Unlike Cordy Glenn, he’s expected to test the market. Okung is coming off February shoulder surgery, but should be ready for OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 8:02 PM

Free agent LT Russell Okung said his shoulder surgery was "precautionary."

Okung is less than three weeks from the surgery, but doesn’t expect it to impact his market. He should be fully recovered for OTAs. Okung is the No. 2 left tackle in Rotoworld's free agent rankings.
Feb 20 - 4:11 PM

Impending free agent LT Russell Okung will undergo surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder and will be sidelined five months.

Okung battled a shoulder issue most of the year and ended up dislocating it in the Divisional Round against the Panthers. The former No. 6 overall pick has never played a full 16-game season and will turn 28 next season. He's representing himself on the open market. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta doesn't expect Seattle to re-sign Okung. His market will be very interesting.
Jan 27 - 1:45 PM

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