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Russell Okung tells 32 teams he’ll be ready in June

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Seattle left tackle Russell Okung is representing himself as a free agent this offseason, and his agent’s first job is updating teams on his physical condition.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Okung sent an email to all 32 teams today to tell them about his physical status after he was injured in the Seahawks playoff loss to the Panthers.

Okung informed teams he’s having surgery to have his dislocated shoulder repaired, and will be ready in five months.

A June return date should ostensibly give him plenty of time to recover before a training camp.

Of course, one of the dangers of not having an agent is that he’s setting teams up for a tampering charge if they respond to his email. He’s still technically under contract to the Seahawks until March, so any interested team should not reply to his message.

Then again, it would be tampering if a team were to contact an agent about him now anyway, but the league has shown little interest in policing the kind of communication that happens between teams and agents in the barrooms of Mobile or the hallways of Indianapolis prior to free agency.

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24 Responses to “Russell Okung tells 32 teams he’ll be ready in June”
  1. cakesw says: Jan 27, 2016 1:38 PM

    And 32 teams replied “meh”

  2. ketch20too says: Jan 27, 2016 1:47 PM

    Often injured player who is good but never developed into a dominant LG everyone thought he would. Decent player for the right price. Definitely not worth franchise money though.

  3. digitalsasquatch says: Jan 27, 2016 1:47 PM

    When his feet and ankles have been solid, Okung’s been a good to very good blind-side tackle…but he seems to miss at least a couple games every year due to leg injuries.

    People have also given him a bit of the stink-eye because he failed to walk in and fill the gap left by Walter Jones seamlessly…who could have, especially in the shifting mess the Seahawks’ OLine has been, and especially under Cable during the Great DLineman Conversion Project?

  4. themagicman1223 says: Jan 27, 2016 1:52 PM

    ketch20too, do you mean LT, by any chance?

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 27, 2016 1:57 PM

    “People have also given him a bit of the stink-eye because he failed to walk in and fill the gap left by Walter Jones seamlessly…”

    Name one LT, active or retired, who could seamlessly replace Walter Jones, regardless of the condition of the O-line.

    We’ll wait…

  6. dontbeemo says: Jan 27, 2016 2:04 PM

    “People have also given him a bit of the stink-eye because he failed to walk in and fill the gap left by Walter Jones seamlessly…”

    Name one LT, active or retired, who could seamlessly replace Walter Jones, regardless of the condition of the O-line.

    We’ll wait…
    ___

    Joe thomas?

  7. mitchem85 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:06 PM

    Ketch, he was supposed to be a franchise LT. I remember the redskins had the choice between the two; both were amazing prospects and we’re basically 1&1a coming out of college, and the skins made the right pick by choosing Trent Williams. Definitely hit on that pick

  8. 49erfan44 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:11 PM

    @bleedingfacemask

    Jonathan Ogden. But that’s about it.

  9. billmiller1991 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:11 PM

    To paraphrase the old legal adage… the man who represents himself has a fool for an agent. Good luck though.

  10. wisconsineaglesfan says: Jan 27, 2016 2:12 PM

    “Name one LT, active or retired, who could seamlessly replace Walter Jones, regardless of the condition of the O-line.”

    Jason Peters.

  11. postintelligence says: Jan 27, 2016 2:13 PM

    All 32 teams? Presumably he didn’t have to tell the Seahawks about his physical condition via e-mail…

  12. maverick2560 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:24 PM

    Would be intriguing guy to move to right side ….to give veteran leadership.

  13. thebirdofprey says: Jan 27, 2016 2:26 PM

    Jason Peters is no Walter Jones. Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace are about the only LT I put in that same class.

    Russell Okung when healthy is a pretty solid LT. Had 1 great year and a few good and others injury riddled. His false start total have increased with more experience.

    Starting LT aren’t easy to find in the NFL and Seahawks need to upgrade or replace the interior. If he wants elite money let him walk but John Schneider and Pete need to stop rolling the dice when it comes to pass protection with all these late round O-lineman and DT converts.

  14. jgedgar70 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:28 PM

    The NFL tampering rules – the biggest and longest-running joke since the “Who’s on first” routine.

  15. steelerben says: Jan 27, 2016 2:36 PM

    “Name one LT, active or retired, who could seamlessly replace Walter Jones, regardless of the condition of the O-line.”

    Anthony Munoz, Dave Zimmerman, Jonathan Ogden, Jackie Slater, Willie Roaf

    The point remains that anyone that you list to replace Jones is also an all time great.

  16. myhawks1976 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:45 PM

    ketch20too says:
    Jan 27, 2016 1:47 PM
    Often injured player who is good but never developed into a dominant LG everyone thought he would. Decent player for the right price. Definitely not worth franchise money though.

    18 11
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    So… as a LT, I would agree with the rest of your statement, since LT is his position.

  17. ketch20too says: Jan 27, 2016 2:49 PM

    Magicman….I did mean LT, but autocorrect apparently didn’t like that and changed it to LG

  18. chawkup says: Jan 27, 2016 2:51 PM

    He’ll be ready by June … but injured by September.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 27, 2016 2:51 PM

    Only Ogden could have done what Walt (from) did out in Seattle during that decade.

    As for Trent Williams — who is nicked and bumped just as much as Okung — please.

  20. chawk12thman says: Jan 27, 2016 3:07 PM

    Okung makes another “false start” with his message.

    It is good to hear he may be healthy/okay by summer. I don’t think the Seahawks will make any moves in attempts to get him signed until after he tests the market…..He will, in all likely-hood, find a team that gives him a good pay-day…..Good for him……

    Time for a high draft pick by the Seahawks to see if they can find his replacement and a potential franchise LT……..

  21. chmurasbabysittersclub says: Jan 27, 2016 3:12 PM

    Orlando Pace

  22. seatownballers says: Jan 27, 2016 3:14 PM

    You might get excited once your team signs this veteran tackle as your team needs offensive line help. But you’ll be angry in October once he gets injured and you will be asking why did we pay this guy 8 mill a year

  23. fumblenuts says: Jan 27, 2016 3:22 PM

    Seahawks SHOULD draft the future left tackle in the first round and let Cable do his magic.

  24. JaminJake says: Jan 27, 2016 4:39 PM

    Okung should be alot better than he is. He never lived up to what it was suppose to be.

    The only tackle taken since Okung that has the potential to live up to Walter Jones legacy is Tryon Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. He is the total package that has a chance to be as good as Jones, Ogden, or Boselli. Those were the last three super impressive tackles.

    Joe Thomas is an amazing pass blocker and technician, but being on the Browns and their lack of success seems to negatively tint our view of him.

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