Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that free agent LT Russell Okung still plans to visit with the Lions, but the meeting won’t take place until Saturday.
- Ralph Vacchiano reports that it doesn’t sound like anything will happen with the Giants and Okung today. Vacchiano confirms that Okung plans to visit the Lions on Saturday and has interest from other teams.
- According to Rapoport, Okung is visiting with the Giants first on Friday.
- Okung tells Josina Anderson that he’s planning to take both visits “as of now.“
- Tom Pelissero reports that the 49ers have also reached out Okung.
Last we heard, Rapoport previously reported that Seahawks had made a strong offer to Okung and were working to keep him in Seattle. However, it looks like it wasn’t appealing enough to prevent him from speaking with other teams.
Both the Lions and the Giants could use offensive tackle help and Okung is clearly the best available player at the position.
It’s worth mentioning that Okung has elected to represent himself instead of using an agent to negotiate his next contract.
Mike Gafafolo spoke with an executive from a team that spoke to Okung who said he was very well prepared and professional. However, Okung’s injury history could still prevent him a big contract.
Okung, 27, played out his six-year, $48.5 million contract that included $30 million guaranteed. He made a base salary of $4.8 million for the 2015 season and is now in line for a pretty decent contract.
In 2015, Okung appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 26 offensive tackle of 76 qualifying players.
We have Okung featured in our Top 2016 Free Agents list.