Former Seahawk Russell Okung will again be a free agent after the Denver Broncos declined an option on his contract on Thursday.
When the Seahawks scour the free agent market next month looking for left tackles, they will see a familiar name — Russell Okung.
Okung, who was the first pick of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider regime at No. 6 overall in 2010 and then played for the Seahawks through the 2015 season, will become a free agent after the Denver Broncos informed him on Thursday they will not pick up the final four years on a contract he signed with the team last year, according to several reports, including from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Okung’s contract drew a lot of attention because he decided to negotiate it himself (with the help of former NFL agent Jimmy Halsell), hoping to show NFL players that they didn’t necessarily need agents, and at the least saying he wanted to illustrate the benefits of players becoming better educated about the system.
Okung ultimately signed a five-year, $56 million contract with Denver that came with a hitch — there was no guaranteed money and Broncos had to pick up an option for the final four years and (which could have earned him an additional $48 million) by March 8, 2017. Denver is not going to do that, meaning Okung — who will turn 29 in October — will again be a free agent. Okung ultimately leaves Denver having made $8 million for one seasons (he made $48 million in six years with Seattle, signing in 2010 as part of the last rookie class before the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement instituted a salary cap for rookie contracts, each one determined solely by where a player is selected).
Could Okung, who made the Pro Bowl as a Seahawk in 2012 and 2014, be an option to return to Seattle? It’s obviously too early to know for sure, but indications are that Okung’s departure last season wouldn’t be a factor — in other words, there are no apparent lingering…