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Russell Okung signs with the Broncos


Denver may have a new left tackle, which would leave them looking to get rid of the old one.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Seahawks free agent Russell Okung is close to finalizing a five-year deal with the Broncos which will pay him $10.6 million a year.

That’s a healthy deal for the man who decided to not spend 3 percent on an agent, and shop himself. We’ll see what the details look like when the deal is filed, but it appears to be a pretty good haul.

If that’s signed, the Broncos will almost certainly be done with Ryan Clady, after the two sides can’t come to an agreement on how much pay cut he should take from the $9.5 million he’s scheduled to make the year after a torn ACL.

There are enough teams looking for line help that Denver ought to be able to find a trade partner.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. ET: The Broncos have announced the contract.

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  1. snowdood163 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:16 PM

    Good job disenfranchising yourself from the fan base Clady. You said you loved it and wanted to be here. I guess you only meant that if you could bilk the Broncos for another 10M while you sit on IR. Good riddance.

  2. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 17, 2016 4:16 PM

    Looks like Denver beat the Steelers again. Another sweep. LOL

  3. thevikesarebest says: Mar 17, 2016 4:17 PM


  4. mongo3401 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:18 PM

    Too much money for a player that’s too often injured Who leaked the info? He has no agent. If Denver pays this money for Okung then. I agree that Elway is dumb

  5. artworkworld says: Mar 17, 2016 4:21 PM

    Mike may have to walk back his comments on why Okung should have hired an agent.

  6. tdubdizzle says: Mar 17, 2016 4:21 PM

    I remember a bunch of lawyers saying Russel Okungs an idiot for not having an agent.

    Is he really?

  7. tdubdizzle says: Mar 17, 2016 4:23 PM

    Glad to see the Broncos put almost 11 mil a year into someone that has gotten injured every season.

    Horse face bit off more than he can chew.

  8. firerogergoodell says: Mar 17, 2016 4:23 PM

    Free agent signings don’t win championships, right Carl Gerbschmidt?

    Oh wait…

  9. frostymugobeer says: Mar 17, 2016 4:24 PM

    awesome ! hope this happens o-line is a priority if the Broncos want any chance of a repeat.
    they seem to have kept the core of the Defense,have plenty of weapons for an avg qb to do well if they beef up the O-line.

  10. Grugenhagen says: Mar 17, 2016 4:24 PM

    Maybe the Vikings will add Clady to their OL.

    Collect them all!

  11. edaniel82 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:24 PM

    hit the road Clady, try not to break anything on the way out.

  12. theashleyguy says: Mar 17, 2016 4:26 PM

    If this happens, he saved himself 3% by not using an agent but of course will pay 4.63% state income tax. When you start paying more than $470,000 in state income tax, that is a bite, no matter how much you earn.

    But good for him. I’m stunned a team would pay that much for a guy who can’t get through a season and is coming off major shoulder surgery. But if it happens, I hope he has a great season. Best of luck!

  13. seatownballers says: Mar 17, 2016 4:27 PM

    12 mill for a tackle that will be injured by week 8. Broncos will regret it. Good player. Great guy. Never healthy

  14. jerrytown says: Mar 17, 2016 4:27 PM

    Surprised Seattle didn’t bring him back. Wilson is going to be running for his life next year. They’ve completely neglected the O-line, opting instead for a patchwork group to save money to pay their primadonna stars. I think they’ll find out soon enough that the offensive line is not an area to skimp.

  15. insightfulcomments says: Mar 17, 2016 4:33 PM

    9.5 mm was too much for clady but you want to pay more and lock it in for an inferior player that gets hurt just as often? Nightmare offseason for the Broncos.

  16. TacomaHawk says: Mar 17, 2016 4:34 PM

    I like Okung, and tremble a little at what the OL is gonna look like now, but holy smokes that’s a lot of money for somebody who is as injury-prone as he is.

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 17, 2016 4:35 PM

    they’re going from a guy that had one major injury and sat out almost a full season,,, to a guy who misses a few full games every season.

    dumb move.
    Sanchez is going to develop bad tendencies and get gun shy

  18. tatermitts99 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:36 PM

    250k per false start.

  19. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Mar 17, 2016 4:36 PM

    Bronco’s fan here… It’s smart to tune into the fans of Seattle. I’ve read from day 1 from Seattle fans that Okung is always hurt…

    Seems to me that Elway just signed 1 constantly injured LT to replace another constantly injured LT….

    It’s like saying this Kia has all sorts of problems… maybe I’ll go get another Kia..

  20. ovaw8lova says: Mar 17, 2016 4:38 PM

    I actually do not see this as an upgrade the for Broncos. Okung is as oft-injured as Clady. I would say they are the same caliber player. The question remains how much will the Broncos give Okung compared to what is owed Clady.

  21. jag1959 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:38 PM

    Okung is a bad bad man when he takes the field and is at 75% capability or better. But isn’t Denver’s contention that Clady is too expensive for a guy coming off injury? Yet they are going to pay more to a a player that has actually played a slightly lower percentage of games he has been under contract for? And that’s in spite of Clady missing all last season

  22. johnelwayalwayswins says: Mar 17, 2016 4:39 PM

    #7 wins again.
    Rich get richer.
    More rings on the way.

  23. theofficialshotcaller says: Mar 17, 2016 4:40 PM

    Remember when all the media prostitutes who do nothing said this guy was a moron for not giving a fortune to an agent who does nothing?

  24. gem says: Mar 17, 2016 4:40 PM

    Denver is doing damage, while the the NFL writes them off. Found a home for Brock, when they realized he was always going to be a back-up. (a puppy not a dawg)

    Threw money at him, when they knew he wouldn’t accept it. Fixed an almost fatal mistake with no blood on their hands.

    Settled a score with Rick Smith in Houston, using Tim Tebow”s old agent.

    Signed the only quarterback besides A Rodgers and Russel Wilson ideally suited for the old style West Coast offense.

    If Sanchez wasn’t broken by a franchise that’s destroyed every quarterback there since Namath,…Denver may have a quarterback more like Dereck Carr than David Carr

  25. pastanow says: Mar 17, 2016 4:41 PM

    Elway puts Clady out to pasture.

  26. seattlerogueburner says: Mar 17, 2016 4:41 PM

    10.6 million for 60% of the season. What a steal….for Okung.

  27. tylawspick6 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:45 PM


    Swapping out one over-priced problem for another!

    Love it! Sinking ship still sinks!

  28. accipiterq says: Mar 17, 2016 4:46 PM

    I’m a lifelong Pats fan, so you can guess how I feel about Denver. But you people dumping on them are ridiculous, even more so if you’re dumping on Elway. He just put together an SB winning team.

  29. coloradical420 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:46 PM

    I hope the Broncos get the Okung of 2013 and not so much the past 2 years. I hear the guy is beast and has a lot of potential. Helps solidify a position that was a huge sore spot for Denver last year. Here’s to going back-to-back Champs!

    Go Broncos!

  30. jesusfreak063 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:48 PM

    Who plays quarterback though?

  31. darrkkomens says: Mar 17, 2016 4:50 PM

    Bad move for Seattle to let him get out the door

    And if the same money is being offered then it’s a bad move for okung, The Steelers are close to the Super Bowl then Denver. Denver doesn’t have a QB.

  32. hawksfansince77 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:53 PM

    Will miss him in Seattle….rough injuries along the way, but when healthy, rock solid. And a big high five for representing yourself, Russell!

  33. td30 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:53 PM

    I’m usually pretty positive about their moves…but they replaced an injury prone LT with a slightly less injury prone LT

    He’s never played a full season…

  34. doylemcmuffin says: Mar 17, 2016 4:54 PM

    The only way they pay him that much is if his contract is heavily incentive laden with his injury history in mind.

  35. jmc8888 says: Mar 17, 2016 4:58 PM

    Seattle’s line gets worse.

    Wilson is going to be running for his life again like the first half of last season… actually it could be quite a bit worse.

  36. Bonerz'NPudz says: Mar 17, 2016 5:07 PM

    CapGate needs to be investigated again.

  37. seahawksbmx says: Mar 17, 2016 5:17 PM

    After the first few days of free agency, I said that Okung had a fool for an agent. Looks like the only fool was me.
    Wait, $12 million per?
    Okay, I’m not the ONLY fool.

    Russell Okung is set for life, but should he choose to pursue a post-NFL career, it looks like he would be an excellent sports agent OR a snake oil salesman. Is there anything this guy can’t do (besides play 16 games a season)?

    Congrats, Okung. Great guy and he had the unenviable task of trying to fill the great Walter Jones’ shoes. That salary makes me happy for him, especially knowing that it’s not the Seahawks that will be paying it.

  38. zwilson56 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:18 PM

    Great deal for Denver- 1 year 5M then a team option

  39. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 17, 2016 5:19 PM

    jerrytown says:

    Surprised Seattle didn’t bring him back. Wilson is going to be running for his life next year. They’ve completely neglected the O-line, opting instead for a patchwork group to save money to pay their primadonna stars. I think they’ll find out soon enough that the offensive line is not an area to skimp.
    Seattle only offered him a 1-year non guaranteed deal for about $6 million. That shows you what they thought of him. Gary Gilliam will move to LT, Britt will stay at LG, Glowinski will be an upgrade at RG over Sweezy. The job at RT is open but I expect they’ll draft somebody there, or pick up Ferguson or Giacomini when the Jets release them. Seahawks have 9 draft picks and some guys on the practice squad they really like, so we’ll see.

  40. pdway says: Mar 17, 2016 5:20 PM

    dammit . . this is not good news for the Hawks, if proven true . . yes, Okung has had injuries, but he is their best O-lineman by a mile. it’s a real loss.

  41. zatoichi7 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:21 PM

    the last three years, okung has played 13, 14 and 8 games. clady 0, 16, and 2. i like clady, but i get it.

  42. squackduckhawk says: Mar 17, 2016 5:25 PM

    I dont want him back as a Seahawk. I would rather see them draft his replacement. Not very big shoes to fill.

  43. nouhoh64 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:25 PM

    Elway is a car salesman. Wait until until he starts selling the gullible lambs ocean front property in Colorado. Bronco fan will be saying ‘sure dude. We trust you.’

  44. krm62015 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:25 PM

    Poor reporting. This deal is a 1 year 5mil, 4 year team option. This is a prove it deal. All the money is at the end of this thing which most players never see.

  45. denverdave3 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:29 PM

    Clady could still take a pay cut and move to left guard.

  46. bronco6745 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:30 PM

    contract is structured as a one year 5 mil with 3 mil extra in incentives, then elway has option to cut him after season with no losses. Elway > than your GM

  47. elrock7 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:34 PM

    so many haters, it would be nice if people would stick to opinions that are not related to personal attacks.

    Clady has missed 30 of the last 48 games, including the last 2 super bowl runs. I will take my chances with Okung.

  48. mogogo1 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:35 PM

    I’m not following the Broncos thinking the past few days. They overpaid big-time for Anderson and this is $10 million to basically the same caliber player they didn’t want to pay $9.5 million.

  49. weepingjebus says: Mar 17, 2016 5:36 PM

    $2 million a year is hazard pay for when Sanchez tries to helmet torpedo him in the rear.

  50. pastanow says: Mar 17, 2016 5:38 PM

    Elway rears up pops a couple of sugar cubes in celebration and dreams of having an apple.

  51. loserslovetobringupcapgate says: Mar 17, 2016 5:42 PM

    Bonerz’NPudz says:
    Mar 17, 2016 5:07 PM
    CapGate needs to be investigated again.
    I’m sure the NFL will investigate again just because you said so.

  52. ariani1985 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:48 PM

    But, but, but, but packer fans were saying that he would take the league minimum to play with Rogers!

  53. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 17, 2016 5:52 PM

    When the contract details come out tears will flow, and jealous rants about Elway and the Broncos will be rampant. Good times to be a Denver Fan.

  54. elrock7 says: Mar 17, 2016 5:56 PM

    This deal heavily favours the Broncos. First year is only 5 mil, followed by team option.

    Great move Elway!

  55. gjgriz says: Mar 17, 2016 6:01 PM

    I just hope he can stay healthy for one season, so Seattle gets a good supplemental draft pick next year.

  56. krm62015 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:03 PM

    Love seeing Bronco fans rejoice over a starting member of an o-line that was on track of giving up the most sacks ever. To one of the best mobile QB’s ever. There is a reason the Seahawks let him go besides him never playing a full season.

  57. drunkraider says: Mar 17, 2016 6:07 PM

    unnamed sources close to the situation have told me that Kalil Mack doesnt care who they sign at tackle.

  58. oreo51 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:12 PM

    Read the fine print folks. He only got $5 million guaranteed for 2016 with potentially $3M more in incentives (no doubt how much playing time he logs). Where is the big signing bonus? The following four years are not guaranteed. He can easily be cut at the end of the season. Okung, needed a long term deal with a big headline number to avoid the embarrassment from representing himself. By waiting so long he cost himself a lot of money. My guess is Seattle was offering more than $5 million on a one year deal.

  59. damcmp says: Mar 17, 2016 6:18 PM

    just like Bill O’Brien the pundits are calling Elway a genius with no visible proof!!!! in Elway we trust.. get on it Denver

  60. smithdp says: Mar 17, 2016 6:19 PM

    5 year, 53 million. Right. Make that maybe two years before Elway comes calling for a pay cut with the “opportunity” to make it up in incentives. Happened to Manning, Ware and Clady, will soon be happening to Okung. Elways not shy about asking you to take a pay cut or to “restructure” as they like to say.

  61. broncfanor says: Mar 17, 2016 6:37 PM

    It’s clear many of the mensa members here don’t know the actual details of the contract.

    It’s in essence a 1 year $5 million dollar deal with Denver having an option for the final 4 years.

    Take your bitter tears somewhere else, your team didn’t win the Super Bowl.

  62. jbraider says: Mar 17, 2016 6:42 PM

    Ooh I am almost going to feel sorry for Mr. Sanchez when Mr. Mack comes to town again!

  63. sloppymoe says: Mar 17, 2016 7:10 PM

    He ain’t no Walter Jones, perfect time to move on from him when he’s getting all pro money.

  64. johnniemayes says: Mar 17, 2016 7:11 PM

    If anything this proves why you need an agent in today’s NFL. This is a phenomenal deal for the Broncos. They’re only paying him $5 million for the first season with incentives to push it to $8 million. Then there’s a TEAM option at the end of the 2016 season before his guaranteed contract kicks in. So if he doesn’t play well the Broncos can cut him and only be out $5 million for that one season.

  65. shiz1156 says: Mar 17, 2016 7:29 PM

    Past two SB winners, Pats lose Revis, Browner, Denver loses Manning, Osweiller, Jackson and Trevathan.

    I still see the AFC being the better conference, Pittsburgh certainly improved, the Patriots improved somewhat, just don’t see Denver having a very good year upcoming, to much lost.

  66. davefromacquisitions says: Mar 17, 2016 7:37 PM

    Back in 2010 my Redskins selected Trent Williams 4th overall. Russell Okung went 6th overall to the Seahawks. I’ve always been happy we went with Big Trent. HTTR!

  67. kneedragr says: Mar 17, 2016 7:41 PM

    Nice score for Denver. They get an upgrade for only 1M/yr more, and likely get a 2nd or 3rd round pic for a really solid LT.

  68. skinsfolife says: Mar 17, 2016 7:42 PM

    Terrible decision! Okung is one injury from retirement.

  69. nflfollower says: Mar 17, 2016 8:18 PM

    3% of these contracts is a lot of money to pay an agent. The details will tell whether okung made the right move—-hopefully he got a lot of guaranteed money!

  70. iseek11 says: Mar 17, 2016 9:23 PM

    Great deal. Not guaranteed past this year. Plus they still have Clady. If Clady takes a cut we have bookends, health notwithstanding. If Clady doesn’t take cut we trade him to another team in a sellers market and pull in a nice pick. So we went from having a medium price tackle and no picks to having an medium price tackle and a pick.

  71. bnwpnw says: Mar 17, 2016 10:39 PM

    The verdict from the Seattle F.O. was clear: “not core.”

  72. getadealdonealready says: Mar 17, 2016 11:07 PM

    Any chance NFL network could find some highlight footage of him where he isn’t holding? Thought it was odd that both blocking clips they showed of him while talking about the signing he was clearly holding the player he was blocking.

  73. gadgetking2010 says: Mar 17, 2016 11:14 PM

    No way is he worth it. That is why the Steelers bailed out of that bidding war….

  74. azjohnny says: Mar 17, 2016 11:21 PM

    Beware of a player when his original team doesn’t want him back. He signed for 5 mil for a year. Either the Hawks offered him less or not at all

  75. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 18, 2016 1:53 AM

    Well, Seattle could teach Jimmy how to block…oh, wait..

  76. chebornek says: Mar 18, 2016 2:09 AM

    Justin Houston might break Derrick Thomas’ NFL sack record for one game – twice, next season vs Denver.

    What a fall…I lurve it.

  77. broncosrchamps says: Mar 18, 2016 4:44 AM

    It’s amazing how many football fans just don’t understand contracts and the cap. They say Elway really blew this paying 10 million a yr for Okung. They don’t realize it’s basically a 1 yr million dollar contract.

    Then if he plays very well Elway picks up the option for the next 4 yrs at 10 mil.

    But 2017 with the Cap going up again, 10 million will the about the avg for starting LT in the NFL.

    below ave but a starter= 5-8 mil
    Avg starter= 8=10 mil
    upper tier player= 10-15 million

    You watch once a joe thomas etc hits the market it will blow up. So Elway should be getting accolades, but the stupid fans spend time critiquing him and lambasting the move. It’s frustrating because you can’t really talk football with fans that ignorant about how contracts work.

  78. miamimike1 says: Mar 18, 2016 6:19 AM

    Love when people post crap and have no clue. Denver is not paying him 11-12 million. It’s 5 million with a 4 year option at the 11-12 million. Do you really think Denver will pay that kind of money year two. This is a good get for one year and 5 million. Denver will draft linemen and this gives them a year to get some NFL training.

  79. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 18, 2016 12:15 PM

    Even at $5mil for one year, they overpaid. Glass ankles Okung can’t stay healthy and when he is on the field he false starts and holds more than any other LT in the game. Good riddance.

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