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Okung’s deal sounds better than it is

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Russell Okung the agent has quickly mastered one key aspect of the business. He already knows how to make a deal look better than it really is.

Initial reports pegged the deal at being worth $10.6 million per year. One report from NFL Media put it at being worth “up to” $12 million per year.

That’s very impressive. It would be even more impressive if it were, you know, accurate.

The truth, as Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports and PFT has confirmed, is that it’s a one-year, $5 million deal with a team option for the final four years and $48 million. The guaranteed money at signing is less than $5 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

According to another source, the deal contains up to $3 million in incentives for 2016. After the coming season, it’s a straight, one-year-at-a-time deal.

A one-year, $5 million deal would have made more sense for Okung. If Okung had a huge season, he’d hit the open market or be restrained by the franchise tag, which currently sits at $13.706 million. (The transition tag, at $11.9 million in 2016, also would have been an option.) As it stands, the Broncos have squatter’s rights. If he earns another year, he gets another year. If he doesn’t, they’ll cut him or squeeze him to take less.

In Okung’s defense, plenty of players who have agents have signed similar deals. Typically, a one-year deal with a team-option on the rest is used when the player is recovering from a major injury. New Jaguars tackle Kelvin Beachum did a deal like that earlier in the week. A decade ago, Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed a similar contract while recovering from major shoulder surgery.

Okung also is recovering from shoulder surgery, albeit not major. If he recovers and thrives in Denver, the Broncos will keep him. If he doesn’t, he’ll be back on the market next year. Still, a one-year deal would have positioned him to make a lot more on the back end — especially if he’d finagled a clause preventing the team from tagging him in 2017.

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20 Responses to “Okung’s deal sounds better than it is”
  1. naes says: Mar 17, 2016 5:38 PM

    Sometimes you get what you pay for.

  2. gysot says: Mar 17, 2016 5:39 PM

    The GOAT John Elway wins yet again.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 17, 2016 5:41 PM

    Elway has gotten a lot of heat. Especially for a GM coming off a Super Bowl victory.

    However this is another move that proves he’s one of the best in the business.

    Malik- proven but overpaid
    Trevathan- Todd Davis in-house replacement
    Osweiler – unproven and overpaid
    CJ- Elway misjudged his value on the open market but he came back on a fair value deal
    Clady- 9.5 mil for an LT more injury prone than Okung at 5 mil.

    So pumped for the draft!

  4. jag1959 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:42 PM

    One year at $5M? If there are not significant attainable incentives something is seriously amiss with that number. Why would Seattle not have beaten that number? There has to be more to it…

  5. tbone4444 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:50 PM

    Okung is not good, plain and simple. He is constantly injured (just like Clady) and when he plays, he is getting beat or false starting. Hawks had a chance to keep him and didnt want him and our o-line was not great…tells you all you need to know

  6. bassplucker says: Mar 17, 2016 5:54 PM

    Does anybody think that Ryan Clady sees a 2016 season with Sanchize as the QB and their defense stripped of half its starters from last year, and is basically just tapping out?

  7. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 17, 2016 5:54 PM

    They didn’t want to pay him more than $5 million. He’s not worth it

  8. coloradical420 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:18 PM

    Man, that is a solid deal. I know Russel has spent some time in the tub the past two years so this is a good deal for both sides. Let Okung get back to good while Denver solidifies a problem position for them last year and saves money by replacing Clady (assuming Clady’s exit). Perhaps Denver finds a suitor for Clady, trade him and makes this a very good move by Elway.

    Go Broncos!

  9. mrloser444 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:44 PM

    tbone4444 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 5:50 PM
    Okung is not good, plain and simple. He is constantly injured (just like Clady) and when he plays, he is getting beat or false starting. Hawks had a chance to keep him and didnt want him and our o-line was not great…tells you all you need to know
    —————————————————-
    You sound like a disgruntled seahawk fan. You say your o-line is not great. Guess it’s all Okung’s fault. Then you say constantly injured like Clady. Clady missed 2 full seasons! Don’t think Okung has missed THAT many games! Plus, you hawks fans weren’t crying when you had beast mode running the rock with that o-line!

  10. danm1978 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:53 PM

    Clady isn’t tapping out they want him to take a 50%cut.

  11. amaf21 says: Mar 17, 2016 7:15 PM

    It will be a small miracle if he’s available to play all 16 games.

  12. swu32733 says: Mar 17, 2016 8:09 PM

    He did well considering he is a part time player.

  13. nflgtcfl says: Mar 17, 2016 8:51 PM

    Seems like great value for DEN.

    Surprised he could not get a one year 5 million deal from somewhere else and go again next year.

  14. hillbillyjim says: Mar 17, 2016 9:22 PM

    As a Seattle fan I’m glad he’s gone. He’s the only Seahawk that I’ve ever seen commit false starts at home. As for you bronco fans, take a look at his number of games played, it’s better than Clady’s but not by much. Yes beast mode ran behind him but there’s a reason he led the league in yards after contact, he was getting hit in the backfield all the time. He could work out for you but I’m glad he’s gone in Seattle.

  15. bornahawker says: Mar 17, 2016 10:22 PM

    Hillbilly Jim is right. He looks good on paper but fragile. Seattle will draft more meat and spend that dough on Defensive SPEED!
    Go HWks!

  16. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 18, 2016 12:41 AM

    coloradical420 and Mrloozerfan… Okung regularly misses 3-4 games a year. And is ailing from a toe or a wrist or a finger or an ankle or a bruise when he is active. When 100% he looks like a pro bowl caliber player or slightly under that but the problem is hes flat out weak or getting beat constantly to the point he is one of the most false starting linemen in the entire NFL. I like okung somewhat but I like the deal for the broncos seeing how many outs they have the problem is okung will easily hit his escaladers bc they’re likely health driven which he is good to go with any sort of ticky tack thing he gets.

    But the truth is Seattles Oline was probably the worst if not for rw elusiveness making them seem bottom 4 instead of worst. And that same Seattle team let him walk knowing hey could easily match or slightly exceed such a team friendly contract and they chose not to do so. With No viable replacement behind him they still let him walk.. I think that’s a huge story.

  17. dukeearl says: Mar 18, 2016 4:10 AM

    mrloser444 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 6:44 PM

    You sound like a disgruntled seahawk fan. You say your o-line is not great. Guess it’s all Okung’s fault. Then you say constantly injured like Clady. Clady missed 2 full seasons! Don’t think Okung has missed THAT many games! Plus, you hawks fans weren’t crying when you had beast mode running the rock with that o-line!
    ***************************
    Seattle’s Oline is better at blocking for the run than protecting the passer. See the first 4 games of last season.
    Russell had to change to a quicker release to avoid getting sacked.
    Remind me which QB and RB combination Denver has that compares with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. (or Thomas Rawls).

  18. banosser says: Mar 18, 2016 9:56 AM

    mrloser444 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 6:44 PM
    tbone4444 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 5:50 PM
    Okung is not good, plain and simple. He is constantly injured (just like Clady) and when he plays, he is getting beat or false starting. Hawks had a chance to keep him and didnt want him and our o-line was not great…tells you all you need to know
    —————————————————-
    You sound like a disgruntled seahawk fan. You say your o-line is not great. Guess it’s all Okung’s fault. Then you say constantly injured like Clady. Clady missed 2 full seasons! Don’t think Okung has missed THAT many games! Plus, you hawks fans weren’t crying when you had beast mode running the rock with that o-line!
    —————

    You know what tbone4444 sounds like?? A knowledgeable Seahawks fan… Where had Okung visited? Pittsburgh.. Detroit.. NY.. Oakland didn’t want him either… Seattle knows him better than anyone… and his best offer and its 1 yr $5M… Now that IS cheap… but what does it say that the Seahawks Pete Carrol and John Schneider wouldn’t top that offer…??? Okung NEVER lived up to his potential as a top 6 draftee.. a couple false starts a game.. looks like a turnstile at times… and he just had yet another surgery..

    I’m surprised the Seahawks would let him walk for so cheap… but then again…

    and the comment about beastmode… that just shows you just how great Marshawn really was..

  19. saveusterrelldavis says: Mar 18, 2016 3:08 PM

    I think okung will look better if the Broncos have a true pocket passer instead of the perennially backwards running Russell Wilson

  20. banosser says: Mar 18, 2016 5:10 PM

    ^^ Are you kidding me… it will be way worse… RW prevented dozens of sacks due solely to his ability to move… smh..

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