Russell Okung Reportedly Signs with Denver Broncos

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (76) warms up before the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Russell Okung has found a new home for next season.

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Okung Reportedly Signs with Broncos

Thursday, March 17

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Okung and the Broncos agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $10.6 million per year. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the report.

On Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports first reported Okung's visit with the Broncos, citing a source.

Steelers Reportedly Out of Okung Race  

Tuesday, March 15

Pro Football Talk reported the Pittsburgh Steelers were no longer a candidate to land Okung after signing tackle Ryan Harris.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Okung had an offer from the Steelers on Monday. La Canfora noted Okung was talking to Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.

Okung commented on his meeting with the Steelers on Sunday:

Russell Okung @RussellOkung

No decisions yet but this is beautiful. https://t.co/cP1b82aK8L

Okung Weighing Multiple Offers 

Monday, March 14

La Canfora reported Okung had offers on the table from the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. 

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times noted that La Canfora's report "does not mean Okung has ruled out Seattle" and that Okung is "still considering" a return to the Seahawks. 

Okung Has Productive Visit with Lions

Saturday, March 12

Michael Silver of NFL.com reported Okung was "high" on the Lions after his visit with the team. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported Okung's meeting with Detroit.

Okung Will Visit Giants

Thursday, March 10 

Okung met with the New York Giants, according to Rapoport

49ers In on Okung

Thursday, March 10

Kung spoke with the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

Seahawks Reportedly Trying to Retain Okung

Wednesday, March 9

Rapoport reported the Seahawks "made a strong offer" to Okung just before the start of free agency.

Okung's Injury History Makes Him High-Risk Signing

There's no denying the talent Okung brings to the line, both in pass and run protection. However, his health is a significant concern. 

The 28-year-old has missed at least one game in each of his six seasons in the league, and has missed two or more in five of those six seasons. It's unclear at this point what impact those injuries will have on his long-term future in the league, but it's clear from this new deal the Broncos were willing to take the chance on him. If he can avoid the injured list, expect him to help stabilize a porous Broncos line next season and beyond. 


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