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Russell Okung and his agent both love Seattle and would like to stay

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Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung hasn’t changed his mind about going into free agency as his own agent.

And his agent already knows how to butter up the home market.

Via Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune, Okung said he considered Seattle dear to him, and would love to stay.

Seattle will always be a home to me,” Okung said. “It’s been amazing what the community has been able to do for me, and the people. This will always be a place that I’ll come back to.”

Of course, it’s unclear if that will be on his next career or at some later point. The Seahawks have plenty of free agent decisions to make, and while linebacker Bruce Irvin promised some degree of hometown discount, there’s not going to be enough money for them all.

Their list of free agents also includes wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, cornerback Jeremy Lane, punter Jon Ryan, defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, guard J.R. Sweezy, backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, running back Fred Jackson and many more.

But Okung’s the only one entering the process without an agent, and he said his mind hadn’t changed about that.

“I’m still a full head of steam on that,” he said. “I’m not the first one to do it. Hopefully I won’t be the last as well. There are a lot of guys in the past who have done it — not many who’ve done it in the prime of their career. It’s going to be a really interesting experience.”

That can be said of the Seahawks offseason in general, and fitting all those pieces in place is going to be complicated having doled out so much money already.

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39 Responses to “Russell Okung and his agent both love Seattle and would like to stay”
  1. whodey83 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:01 AM

    Easy. Keep Okung and Irvin. The rest are replaceable, especially the kamikaze punter.

  2. kylexitron says: Jan 19, 2016 10:02 AM

    Of all the players listed, Lane and Ryan are probably the only necessary re-signs as much as I like Kearse. Rubin has played well this season too and he could be the choice over Mebane.

    Okung and Sweezy who knows. It’s not like the O line could be worse.

  3. SeattleJones says: Jan 19, 2016 10:15 AM

    Okung is made of glass and plays maybe a bit above average. Not worth it.

  4. exoneratedbyscience says: Jan 19, 2016 10:21 AM

    As long as they keep their PED physician, they’ll be a playoff team. He’s the most important signing of all. How much does silence cost?

  5. putin347 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:22 AM

    Kearse and Lane are must re-signs. The others are quite expendable. Ryan is good too if he’s cheap. Kearse has proven repeatedly that he is a clutch performer and when the stakes are highest, he will make plays. He is a clutch playoff performer with extreme mental toughness, which is a huge factor for our consistent success in the post season. Lane on the other hand is perfert to complete the LOB. He knows the system well and now has the experience to be a consistent corner for us. Even if we bring in a big name, his adjustment to our system will take time, time we cannot afford to lose if we want to remain competitive.

  6. hawk944 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:23 AM

    And so it begins….

  7. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 19, 2016 10:24 AM

    Okung is a false start machine with glass from the knee down. Pass.

    Love Kearse but he’s coming off a terrible year. Pass.

    Jeremy Lane and Jon Ryan have earned a spot. Keep ’em.

    Rubin has played very well. Match offers.

    Irvin will get more money elsewhere. Don’t spend more than 3.4 mill per on him.

    Sweezy has been good but not great. Pass. Draft o linemen.

    Love Mebane but he’ll be a cap casualty.

    And I think Lynch will be allowed to go to the Raiders one way or another.

  8. jetciti says: Jan 19, 2016 10:27 AM

    Class act not getting an agent. I bet the Hawks and Okung work something out benefitial for both sides.

  9. bocabob12 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:28 AM

    if okung would have played his position correctly, we most likely would be moving on….

  10. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:28 AM

    ….Seattle doesn’t like paying any of their free-agents….expect most to take what they are offered or walk. Seattle is one of the few teams that ‘hit’ on bringing in their own free-agents.

  11. jetciti says: Jan 19, 2016 10:28 AM

    No state income tax in Washington State! Come back Okung!!

  12. greg3117 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:29 AM

    I can understand if you are a rookie and without an agent because the current system of “slotting” basically tells you what you are going to get.
    BUT………as a FA with that kind of time in, I would pay the 3% of whatever the agent fee is and let him drive up your market value and do the footwork.
    Dumb move.

  13. ancienthawkfan says: Jan 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    Okung follows in the tradition of Steve Largent and does his own deal. Not sure it will be done with Seattle, considering his injury history. Love the guy but he’s missed half the games the past few years seemingly. Without that it would be a no brainier – but because of it we are virtually guaranteed to be starting second teamer at LT half the time. This has to degrade his value.

    Lane – no brainier. Shead for his versatility unless Tye Smith is ready to play. I would keep Rubin, but replace Mebane due only to age.

    Love Kearse, but we need to get bigger and faster at his position and he deserves a windfall from his season. Irvin – again, how much will want to stay? With KPL in the wings at a much cheaper rate, will they keep him? Marsh can take up the pass rush reps. It’s going to be a really interesting off season around here.

  14. shlort says: Jan 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    That one hawks fan was bragging last year abut how much cap space Seattle has. According to (I think it was seahawksboymike) that cat, Seattle should be able to sign everyone and pick up some top free agent talent to boot. Last year he said they could make Wilson the highest paid QB, sign Suh and either get Peterson or Murray to run the ball and sign every free agent to decent contracts. No need to worry about cap space in Seattle.

  15. thebirdofprey says: Jan 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    Jeremy Lane is the must sign because he is a great nickel CB and can hold his own outside opposite of Sherm. Seattle isn’t going to find many people in free agency that can come in and learn their system, that’s why the home grown secondary is key.

    I don’t know about Okung, he was great one year and all others pretty average and injury prone. Sweezy is easily replaceable Glowinski. Offensive line needs a major upgrade. LT’s are hard to find I wouldn’t cry if they put out money for Okung.

  16. ravensfan says: Jan 19, 2016 10:53 AM

    Seattle has an expected $30 million available cap space, which seems pretty great until you consider they only have 36 players under contract for next year.

  17. seacougvegas says: Jan 19, 2016 10:56 AM

    Shead and Lane are must have, Mebane and Rubin 1 year cheap contracts. Okung, Marshawn, bye bye. Sweezy and Kearse re-sign at affordable deal only. Irvin is a huge question mark. I’d like more info on why he was benched during the Carolina game.

  18. seacougvegas says: Jan 19, 2016 10:58 AM

    I’d also like to see if we could recoup a 1st rd draft pick for Jimmy and see what we can get for Kam.

  19. boiler72 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:06 AM

    The Seahawks remind me of the ’96-’98 Packers – they did the exact same trajectory. Won the Super Bowl, got back and lost the Super Bowl, then lost in the divisional round. Didn’t get back to the Super Bowl for 12 years.

    Sounds good to me. Good riddance, Carroll.

  20. cri33 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    It that time of year…its about money. I think they overpaid some people but that isn’t my business.

  21. pantherpro says: Jan 19, 2016 11:14 AM

    You like dreary Seattle? What over Cleveland?

  22. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Jan 19, 2016 11:17 AM

    shlort says:

    That one hawks fan was bragging last year abut how much cap space Seattle has. According to (I think it was seahawksboymike) that cat, Seattle should be able to sign everyone and pick up some top free agent talent to boot. Last year he said they could make Wilson the highest paid QB, sign Suh and either get Peterson or Murray to run the ball and sign every free agent to decent contracts. No need to worry about cap space in Seattle.

    ravensfan says:

    Seattle has an expected $30 million available cap space, which seems pretty great until you consider they only have 36 players under contract for next year.
    Seahawks have about $26 million in cap space, which puts them 15th in the league, right in the middle of the pack. Trading/Releasing Lynch creates $6.5 million more space, and simple restructurings of Graham and say Sherman creates about $15 million more. That puts the Seahawks at about $45-47 million in cap space, (6th most in the NFL) enough to sign Lane, Mebane, Rubin, Okung, Kearse, and even Irvin if they want to and add players from other rosters. Restructuring Kam and Bennett would add a bit more. Also, this assumes a $150 million cap which will actually be $155 million. Add to that the Seahawks have nine draft picks. They’ll have no problem UPGRADING the roster.

    This idea that Seahawks will be in cap hell is a fantasy. They’ve signed all their core players long term and have plenty of operating space for years to come. They’ll be one of the top 5 teams in the NFL again next year and contending for another Super Bowl. Have fun watching it.

  23. wimpyburgers says: Jan 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    One of the few positions in football that’s in high demand. No agent fees; no Washington State income tax.

    He’s got lots of negotiating room.

    Keep clam!

  24. whenwilliteverend says: Jan 19, 2016 11:34 AM

    They forgot to mention Kam Chancellor. I’m sure he’ll hold out again this year and demand more money again.

  25. seacougvegas says: Jan 19, 2016 11:37 AM

    “Keep Clam!” LOL Is that an Ivers joke?

  26. granadafan says: Jan 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    Say what you will about Mebane, but he really clogs the middle of the line and often takes double teams.

  27. swyrlpr says: Jan 19, 2016 11:47 AM

    First off, Kearse is not a priority. With Baldwin, Lockett, Richardson, and Graham coming back, throwing money at the 4th/5th receiving option among that group is a waste no matter how good he is at the other “little things”.

    Lane is a must sign and I think he will be more expensive then we would like, but we can’t afford another Cary Williams type of replacement at the RCB spot.

    If Irvin will be fair with the team, then he’s a no brainer. I like Kevin Pierre-Lewis, but Irvin is in a different class.

    Okung is a question mark to me. He got a first round contract and quite frankly in my opinion barely played up to it (by virtue of his one Pro-Bowl selection). However, when he’s healthy, he’s good.

    Rubin may have performed too good, I hope we can keep him and Mebane, but I fear it will be too expensive to keep both. I suspect Mebane will be the one the team sticks with because he will likely end up being the less expensive of the two.

    Jon Ryan is probably coming back. He’s a solid punter and with field position being important to Carroll he’s going to want to keep his punter and they aren’t bank breakers.

    The bigger issues IMO are the guys with 1 year left (Kam and Bennett).

  28. r502 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    Seahag fan will tell you they have tons of cap space, that theirs and others free agents will take much less for the privilege of playing there. Seahag fan tells you that they have taken pro football to a new and unexplored level, that Russell Wilson speaks to God, that their players will not age and degrade like every other human that plays football. I’m in Seattle today, to hear it on the sports talk circuit, their loss to Carolina was a positive, and that their comeback to make it close was the greatest comeback of all time. Myopia is rampant in Seattle.

  29. drewzducks says: Jan 19, 2016 12:00 PM

    The dynasty that Peyton tried to build but TB gratefully destroyed. God bless you Tom.

  30. swyrlpr says: Jan 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    Holy crap, I just looked at the 2016 free agent list for the Hawks, they have 31 players on that list.

    Some of the essential role players on that list are almost more important than some of the bigger names. Alvin Bailey who has been an incredible backup lineman is on the list.

    In addition to Lane, the Hawks also have Burley, Siesay and Shead on that list as well so the secondary depth is at risk.

    In addition, both Lewis and Jean-Pierre are free agents. The scary thing is the Hawks signed Nowak to a practice squad deal so if they don’t bring back either of those two, get ready for Nowak part deux.

  31. norcalmafia says: Jan 19, 2016 12:10 PM

    Ancient hawk fan..hahaha..that’s the funniest screen name I’ve ever you mean ancient as way back in 2012?

  32. omeimontis says: Jan 19, 2016 12:26 PM

    Okung makes about $7 million per year. If another team offers him more money than that, the Sea Squawks are unlikely to match it. Besides Jermaine Kearse, Bruce Irvin, Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, and J.R. Sweezy, they also have C Patrick Lewis, CB/SS Deshawn Shead, and LB Michael Morgan as free agents. Jon Ryan will likely re-sign, as will Tarvaris Jackson. Rubin, Sweezy and Mebane are likely to get good offers from other teams that the Squawks may not be able to match. If they allow Mebane and Okung to leave, they may save enough cap space for Kearse and Irvin.

    If they get rid of Jimmy Graham and Marshawn Lynch, they may save enough cap space to resign some more free agents. They simply cannot keep the same roster for next season. Some starters are going to leave as free agents, and some will be cut.

  33. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 19, 2016 12:52 PM

    What happening Squawk Nation? Who you pulling for this weekend? Red Birds or the Cats?

  34. athwartships says: Jan 19, 2016 1:55 PM


    Keep: Irvin, Okung, Kearse, Mebane and Sweezy.

    Shop a cheaper punter, Ryan will have no problem finding another job. Drop both Jacksons because….well, why do we still have them around? Lane and Rubin, keep if you can but on the block if you can’t.

  35. dvdheg says: Jan 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    sure glad jc and pc are making the decisions and not you commenters! we’ll be fine. GO HAWKS!!!

  36. seattlesue427 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:56 PM

    When Okung is good, he’s really, really good. Unfortunately, he’s also made of glass. Love him when he’s healthy, but that doesn’t happen often enough to make him worth the $$$.

  37. joshob1987 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:24 PM

    Gotta re-sign Kearse, Lane, Rubin and possibly irvin or mebane. Ryan could be signed cheaper anyway. Glowinski was awesome in place of Sweezy and Bailey blocked better than Okung without all the ankle injuries. Either could walk without much damage done.

  38. skawh says: Jan 20, 2016 6:36 PM

    Okung never played hard. Pass on him entirely. Kearse is an asset, but lacks WR separation speed. As such, even though he’s played well in playoff games, you can’t pay him mega WR bucks. Develop a younger player with speed for less money. Give Lockette more playing time as he can take the top off of the defense.

  39. moun10mama says: Jan 21, 2016 5:18 PM

    its messed up to say,but I was genuinely surprised whenever I saw him not out injured this season.. if he’s not cut it will be a bigger surprise

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