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

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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.

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

  1. 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.

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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. 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.

  4. 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…..

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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

  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
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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.

  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
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    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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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?

  15. 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.
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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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

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    Since Dave Krieg was the QB pal.

  18. 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.

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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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