Mike Klis of 9News reports that free agent LT Russell Okung is generating “strong interest” from the Chargers.
Last night, James Palmer of NFL Media reported that the Broncos and Okung were discussing a potential return for him to Denver. However, Okung has been linked to a number of teams in recent weeks including the Panthers, Giants, Jets, and Vikings.
Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post previously mentioned Okung will be able to secure an even better contract than the one-year, $5 million deal he signed with the Broncos last year. This contract did include a four-year,$48 million option, but it was ultimately declined by the Broncos a few weeks ago.
Tesfatsion added that the belief right now is that Okung should be able to get between $10-12 million per season when all is said and done.
Okung, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2010. After six years in Seattle, Okung signed a one-year, $5 million contract that included a team option with the Broncos in March of last year.
The Broncos had until March 9 to pick up Okung’s $1 million team option. Had they exercised his option, they would have added four years at $48 million with $21 million guaranteed to his contract.
In 2016, Okung appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 38 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.