Chargers LT Russell Okung announced Thursday that he plans to return to the team as soon as Week 7 after missing the first six weeks of the season while working his way back from a pulmonary embolism.
- Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers and Okung agreed to a restructured contract that will allow him to earn back the entire $13 million he was slated to make before being placed on the non-football injury list.
- Okung would have made a reduced salary while on the NFI list, but it appears as though the Chargers wanted to do right by a valuable member of their team.
Oh happy day! pic.twitter.com/5j79ROagQu
— 🙏🏾 (@RussellOkung) October 17, 2019
The Chargers placed Okung on the non-football injury list coming out of the preseason.
Getting Okung back in the lineup would be a huge addition for a Chargers’ offensive line that has struggled in recent weeks.
Okung, 30, 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 2016.
Okung later signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Chargers that included $25 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $13 million over the next two years.
In 2018, Okung appeared in 15 games for the Chargers and made 15 starts at left tackle. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 offensive tackle out of 80 qualifying players.