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Okung has one fewer suitor

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Russell Okung’s agent has one fewer possible destination for his client.

With the Steelers signing tackle Ryan Harris to a two-year deal, they’re out of the running for Okung, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Okung had visited with, and received offers from, the Steelers, Giants, and Lions. The Seahawks also remain interested.

The problem, as we hear it, is three-fold. Okung views himself as meriting a deal in the range of $11 million to $13 million per year. Also, teams who have made offers aren’t going to leave them open indefinitely; because Okung isn’t an expert when it comes to negotiating NFL contracts, he doesn’t appreciate the importance of moving at the right time. Finally, he’s still recovering from shoulder surgery, which complicates the entire situation even further.

Ultimately, his best move will be to sign a one-year deal in the situation that makes him best suited to earning a major long-term deal in a new city of elsewhere come 2017. By the time he comes to that conclusion, there may be no good options left.

And so the end result in this foray into self-representation will entail something more than comparing what Okung gets on his own to 97 percent of what he could have gotten with help. The real question is whether Okung does a deal in 2016 that sets himself up for the right deal in 2017.

Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking. With the Giants kicking tires on Donald Penn, there may be only two choices left for Okung. If/when the Lions sign a tackle, his only viable option may be to take what he can get in Seattle.

Okung has another viable option: Hire a good and experienced agent to help him identify the best move, both for the short term and the long haul, and to maximize his earnings under his next contract. With Okung so heavily invested in his very public decision to go it alone, that’s not likely to happen.

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24 Responses to “Okung has one fewer suitor”
  1. angrylionsfan says: Mar 15, 2016 4:32 PM

    Hire an agent!

    If he’s wanting 11 mil a year then I’d rather see the Lions sign Beachum or Penn.

  2. theashleyguy says: Mar 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    If what you have heard is correct–that Okung sees himself as worth $11-13 million a year–I don’t think that’s even in the ballpark. He rarely completes a season and is coming off shoulder surgery. When he plays, he plays well but is not exceptional.

    I’d like to see him stay with the Seahawks, but just as you said, I am sure it will have to be for a 1-year “prove it” deal.

  3. kylexitron says: Mar 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    11M a year? I appreciate what he’s done in the nfl when he’s not dealing with injuries, but 11M is ridiculous. He’s not the can’t-miss solid NFL starter he was considered to be out of college. he’s been decent when healthy. But I’d hesitate to call him a top-tier tackle.

    My guess is he’ll be back in seattle with something more around 7M tops.

  4. kylexitron says: Mar 15, 2016 4:43 PM

    11M a year? I appreciate what he’s done in the nfl when he’s not dealing with injuries, but 11M is ridiculous. He’s not the can’t-miss solid NFL starter he was considered to be out of college. he’s been decent when healthy. But I’d hesitate to call him a top-tier tackle.

    My guess is he’ll be back in seattle with something more around 7M tops.

  5. ripleyray says: Mar 15, 2016 4:47 PM

    Sign a 1 year deal with the Hawks for 7M, prove to the rest of the league you can play an entire 16 game season and then, while you’re doing all that, hire an agent…….

  6. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 15, 2016 4:54 PM

    Why would the Lions need Okung? Isn’t Riley Reiff locked in at LT after the Lions picked up his 5th year option?

  7. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 15, 2016 4:56 PM

    Clearly this goof’s got the brains of a Seahawk (is it greasy Pete’s influence, or what’s the deal with those guys?), might as well just stay there.

  8. bringbackwayne says: Mar 15, 2016 5:05 PM

    DrSteveBrule says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:54 PM

    Why would the Lions need Okung? Isn’t Riley Reiff locked in at LT after the Lions picked up his 5th year option?

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    The Lions would have Okung play LT, then move Rieff to RT. This solves two OL problems. RT was really bad last season and Rieff is not a good LT.

  9. corporatemediaprostitute says: Mar 15, 2016 5:06 PM

    A lawyer recommending hiring a lawyer??? That’s unpossible!

  10. ravenflow03 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:09 PM

    If he thinks he’s worth that much then he should put his $$ where his health is. You want a team to sign ya for that much then put some incentives in for staying healthy. No way I’m going to sign you for that much for 12 games a year.

  11. mongo3401 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:15 PM

    Er. Okung had better wake up and smell the coffee. If someone pays this man 11’million per season they should be immediately be subject to the NFL drug testing program.

  12. MasMacho says: Mar 15, 2016 5:22 PM

    We see this in the workplace every day. An employee on a successful team interprets his contribution as the most valuable, and demands to be compensated accordingly.

    Ignores the role and contribution of those around him, and sees his own limitations as temporary setbacks to the inevitable value he’ll provide, despite abandoning all the things that have contributed to what success he may have had.

    Disagrees with people around him trying to explain this, and probably also has ill-advised and uneducated people in his ear about giving away part of his earnings to someone else.

    Represents himself, gets (rightfully) butchered in negotiations, costs himself millions, embarrasses himself in the process.

    All that is left is the blame game. The only question is whether he’ll do it in public or private.

    Meanwhile, welcome back to Seattle at $6M per… roughly market value for an injury-prone habitual holder held up by a mobile quarterback, and being the guy that “sucks least” on the hawks O-line.

  13. theashleyguy says: Mar 15, 2016 5:55 PM

    I think the hardest thing for Okung is that, unless he signs with the ‘Hawks, he will probably have to take less than he has been making. That is hard on the ego, but when you have been injured as often as he has been, it makes sense. Most teams are going to ask him to prove it with a 1-year deal.

    I am guessing the ‘Hawks have offered him a slight salary bump, just ‘cuz he’s on the team now and we need offensive linemen. But as I just said, that is a guess only (based primarily on headlines that have said the ‘Hawks went after him aggressively). I think we will see in the next few days.

  14. folkcrusader says: Mar 15, 2016 6:01 PM

    Let’s see. A failed lawyer running a TMZ site knows what to do, but a six year NFL player is clueless?

    Don’t kid yourself, he knows the score. There are times in the recent past that he might have gotten $10+ million a year but clearly this year is not that year.

  15. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:09 PM

    11-13 mil for Glass Ankles Okung?!?! That’s hilarious. The guy can’t stay healthy to save his life. And when he is healthy, he’s a middle of the road LT. Way too many penalties and gets beat on the regular. Considering Bailey’s already been signed by another team, I’d take Okung back in Seattle, but only for around 6-8 mil. Anything more than that is crazy.

  16. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 15, 2016 7:11 PM

    Poor Steelers. No one wants to play for you. I wonder why?

  17. thebirdofprey says: Mar 15, 2016 8:08 PM

    Are agents paying you a % to shamelessly plug them? I am pretty sure Okung can figure what his own value is and save the 3 %. If he was going to bring on a agent to help it should have been the tampering period.

    I hope he comes back go the Hawks in a fair deal for both sides.

  18. nnagi says: Mar 15, 2016 8:17 PM

    This dude has no idea how much that 3℅ is costing him…

  19. simplegodfather says: Mar 15, 2016 9:25 PM

    I was hoping for the Jets to contact him and ask for tryout..

    Now I see what his asking price; Sorry I call ya in first place!

  20. chawk12thman says: Mar 15, 2016 10:50 PM

    It would be easy to slam him if we had more information on the offers he has received, thus far. Without it, I think we have to assume that because he knows what the offers are and that the Seahawks need him, he feels no real urgency to sign something prematurely, without giving all of the choices a through review and analysis. Time will tell if the 3% savings for no agent was a mistake. Time will tell if he did a good job representing himself.

    I wish time would hurry up so we can have the answer.

  21. ghostofgenefrenkle says: Mar 16, 2016 8:34 AM

    A man acting as his own counsel has a fool for a client.

  22. timmmah10 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:51 AM

    DrSteveBrule says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:54 PM

    Why would the Lions need Okung? Isn’t Riley Reiff locked in at LT after the Lions picked up his 5th year option?

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    Reiff has graded out poorly at LT, and was better suited for RT. Lions need a LT in the draft or in FA. No lock they get one in the draft. I expect the Lions to overpay for Okung. Probably in the 9-10 mil range.

  23. Marsh1976 says: Mar 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    He’s been studying and going to school just preparing for this opportunity. Don’t sell him short without knowing all the facts. He might be inexperienced, but I suspect he actually does know what he is doing. Let’s just wait see what he’s able to work out for himself.

  24. bartpkelly says: Mar 16, 2016 7:18 PM

    The bottom line is he doesn’t like agents or lawyers.
    Nothing wrong with that.

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