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Russell Okung: Shoulder surgery a precaution, “not nervous” about free agency

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:  Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks looks dejected after defeat to the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is one of several members of the team set to become an unrestricted free agent next month and his status heading into that phase of the offseason is complicated by shoulder surgery he had just after the end of the season.

Okung dislocated his left shoulder during Seattle’s playoff loss to the Panthers and described the surgery he had as a precaution to “mitigate any risks moving forward.” He’s already let teams know that he will be ready to go in a few months in a letter he sent because he’s going without an agent as he works to land a new deal this offseason.

Okung said he’s “not nervous about” going that route because he feels he’s well versed on how things will play out in the next few weeks. He also believes that being an established starter at a key position works in his favor.

“I think the value speaks for itself,” Okung said on 710 ESPN in Seattle. “I think there’s a necessity in my position league-wide and we’ll just have to see where it goes. Really excited about the opportunity, though.”

Okung’s not wrong about the value of left tackles. It remains to be seen if he’ll be able to maximize it while representing himself in the wake of shoulder surgery, however.

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28 Responses to “Russell Okung: Shoulder surgery a precaution, “not nervous” about free agency”
  1. willycents says: Feb 21, 2016 10:12 AM

    Let him walk! We have RUSSELL WILSON!!!! No need for a left tackle at all with Russ’s abilities. He does best when he has poor blocking: scrambling, running, etc. Imagine how great he would be with no blocking at all.

  2. 6ball says: Feb 21, 2016 10:44 AM

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    It would appear that the ” dynasty before your eyes ” era has ended. Getting to the top of the NFL is hard. Staying on top is even harder.
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  3. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2016 10:46 AM

    So a one year dynasty really isn’t a dynasty?

  4. duanethomas33 says: Feb 21, 2016 10:54 AM

    He is right about the need about left tackles, but great left tackles rarely hit the market. He will get a good pay day, but he is not elite.

  5. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 21, 2016 10:58 AM

    Yeah, except the Seahawks have a guy named Alvin Bailey who’s just as good as Okung. So maybe the dynasty era isn’t over because the Seahawks let a guy who’s always hurt walk away.

    The reason the Seahawks don’t have cap problems is because they don’t overpay. They let guys walk in free agency and then collect compensatory picks to restock the roster. That’s how winning teams do it.

  6. fumblenuts says: Feb 21, 2016 11:43 AM

    As a LONGTIME Seahawks fan I could care less if this dude leaves. Lots of false starts and a body made of GLASS. Hawks need to DRAFT a left tackle anyway…..

  7. elifan4life says: Feb 21, 2016 11:49 AM

    The reason the Seahawks don’t have cap problems is because they don’t overpay. They let guys walk in free agency and then collect compensatory picks to restock the roster. That’s how winning teams do it.
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    Umm Noooooooo the reason is because your team didn’t have to hand out huge contracts to keep your star players pre super bowl appearances , now that you have lost players to Free agency and dished out big bucks for your QB, safeties and LB’s you will see how hard it is to make it back to the Super Bowl.

  8. jmethane says: Feb 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    Oh the haters are hoping…

  9. elifan4life says: Feb 21, 2016 12:10 PM

    Hate? who is hating? NY Giants have 4 Super Bowls? why in god’s name would we hate a franchise that only has 2? get over yourselves Seahawk fans…

  10. mongo3401 says: Feb 21, 2016 12:20 PM

    A team will sign aiming but I bet the contract has language or performance based incentives. One would be x amount of dollars for each game he is on the roster. Another would be % of playing time on the field. Info not think he is going to land a mega deal with lots of guaranteed money if any at all.

  11. gosfvr says: Feb 21, 2016 12:29 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 21, 2016 10:58 AM
    Yeah, except the Seahawks have a guy named Alvin Bailey who’s just as good as Okung.

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    That made me laugh.

  12. notmrknowitall says: Feb 21, 2016 12:37 PM

    They don’t over pay….best stupid comment I’ve seen on here in ages….see Percy Harvin. My god Seattle fans are dumb.

  13. nflrulebook says: Feb 21, 2016 12:54 PM

    fumblenuts says:
    Feb 21, 2016 11:43 AM
    As a LONGTIME Seahawks fan I could care less if this dude leaves. Lots of false starts and a body made of GLASS. Hawks need to DRAFT a left tackle anyway…..
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    So you have been a fan of the Hawks since they lost to Pittsburgh in the Superbowl? Or just since the thunder ran out of town

  14. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 21, 2016 1:01 PM

    Best team in the NFL and it’s not even close. Beat the breaks off of Carolina when they put the right shoes on.

  15. damcmp says: Feb 21, 2016 1:01 PM

    My god Seattle fans are dumb.

    but not as dumb as Texan fans!!!

  16. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 21, 2016 1:02 PM

    gosfvr says:
    Feb 21, 2016 12:29 PM
    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 21, 2016 10:58 AM
    Yeah, except the Seahawks have a guy named Alvin Bailey who’s just as good as Okung.

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    That made me laugh
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    If that made you laugh, you’re pretty clueless. Bailey played just as well as Okung, if not better this past year. Okung is always hurt and always getting flagged for false starts. Someone will overpay him, but it won’t be the Seahawks and the hawks won’t be any worse off for it. Man, Seahawk haters are some of the dumbest most desperate people on earth. Sad.

  17. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 21, 2016 1:10 PM

    notmrknowitall says:
    Feb 21, 2016 12:37 PM
    They don’t over pay….best stupid comment I’ve seen on here in ages….see Percy Harvin. My god Seattle fans are dumb
    _________
    Yeah, exactly, see Percy Harvin… Great example of why the Seahawks are so successful under Carroll and Schneider. They gambled on him, didn’t work, so they quickly cut their losses. Keep hating, we love watching haters squirm every time the Seahawks are mentioned.

  18. raiderinva says: Feb 21, 2016 1:24 PM

    “We are going to slice your body open as a precaution.” Said No Doctor Ever !!!!

  19. squackduckhawk says: Feb 21, 2016 1:52 PM

    I do not want Okung back. Even when healthy, he sucks. Move on.

  20. rutledge3197 says: Feb 21, 2016 2:09 PM

    So if Seattle is the best team in the NFL why did they lose to NE in SB 49 ??( and I hate NE )… But better yet why did it take a miracle miss by the Vikings kicker for Seattle to get out of the Wild-Card round?

  21. rutledge3197 says: Feb 21, 2016 2:09 PM

    So if Seattle is the best team in the NFL why did they lose to NE in SB 49 ??( and I hate NE )… But better yet why did it take a miracle miss by the Vikings kicker for Seattle to get out of the Wild-Card round?

  22. tremoluxman says: Feb 21, 2016 3:05 PM

    He’s representing himself? Yeah, that worked real well for Daunte Culpepper.

  23. seatownballers says: Feb 21, 2016 3:24 PM

    He walks away with a ring. How many do the Vikings have?

  24. theweedsthruthetrees says: Feb 21, 2016 3:49 PM

    The reason the Seahawks don’t have cap problems is because they don’t overpay. They let guys walk in free agency and then collect compensatory picks to restock the roster. That’s how winning teams do it.
    ———————————————————————–
    Umm Noooooooo the reason is because your team didn’t have to hand out huge contracts to keep your star players pre super bowl appearances , now that you have lost players to Free agency and dished out big bucks for your QB, safeties and LB’s you will see how hard it is to make it back to the Super Bowl.
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    Other than Golden Tate, which significant players have we lost in free agency? Byron Maxwell? lol, that worked out well for his bank account, but not his self esteem.

  25. blowfishes says: Feb 21, 2016 3:59 PM

    Representing himself means he can get paid slightly less than the very best at his position, and yet earn more money than them as he isn’t shackled with agent fees.

  26. fumblenuts says: Feb 21, 2016 5:36 PM

    fumblenuts says:
    Feb 21, 2016 11:43 AM
    As a LONGTIME Seahawks fan I could care less if this dude leaves. Lots of false starts and a body made of GLASS. Hawks need to DRAFT a left tackle anyway…..
    ____________________________________________________

    So you have been a fan of the Hawks since they lost to Pittsburgh in the Superbowl? Or just since the thunder ran out of town

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    Since Dave Krieg was the QB pal.

  27. jacoby66forhof says: Feb 21, 2016 6:41 PM

    So glad the Skins drafted Trent Williams over Okung back in 2010. Williams by the far the better player.

  28. theashleyguy says: Feb 24, 2016 9:19 PM

    fumblenuts says:
    Feb 21, 2016 5:36 PM
    fumblenuts says:
    Feb 21, 2016 11:43 AM
    As a LONGTIME Seahawks fan I could care less if this dude leaves. Lots of false starts and a body made of GLASS. Hawks need to DRAFT a left tackle anyway…..
    ____________________________________________________

    So you have been a fan of the Hawks since they lost to Pittsburgh in the Superbowl? Or just since the thunder ran out of town

    ————————————————————————————————————————–

    Since Dave Krieg was the QB pal.

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    I’m a little older, gentlemen, so it’s since Jim Zorn and Jack Patera were in there for me–right from the very beginning–when we started in the NFC West for a year.

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