Chargers bring free agent tackle Russell Okung in

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Since he didn’t have an agent, tackle Russell Okung couldn’t legally talk to teams during the legal tampering period.

He acted quickly to get caught up.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Okung has agreed to a four-year, $53 million deal to go to Los Angeles, with $25 million guaranteed.

Those numbers sound good, but they sounded good when Okung negotiated a five-year, $53 million deal with the Broncos last year that lasted a year, and paid him $8 million.

The Chargers cut right tackle D.J. Fluker, but still have incumbent left tackle King Dunlap on the roster.

23 responses to “Chargers bring free agent tackle Russell Okung in

  1. Nice! That’s an instant upgrade on either side plus it means we won’t have to reach for a tackle with 7th pick.

  2. “Those numbers sound good, but they sounded good when Okung negotiated a five-year, $53 million deal with the Broncos last year that lasted a year, and paid him $8 million.”

    Yeah, except according to the story this deal includes a guaranteed $25 million. Sounds pretty good to me.

  3. The Chargers are no more a part of LA than the Chicago Cubs are (just because there used to be a Wrigley Field in LA too). Give me a break. Who cares? Go RAMS!

  4. Wait…because he doesn’t have an agent he can’t negotiate during the legal tampering period. Seems unfair – can’t he just say he’s his own agent. If he wants to save a few % points…why not…

  5. $25 million guaranteed? This is clearly out of character for El Cheapo Spanos and his Carson City Chargers. I don’t think he’s that much of an upgrade. You’ve got King who can’t protect Rivers blind side. On the right there’s nobody. If Spanos has half a brain he needs to draft Ramczec of Wisconsin. The CC Chargers keep bringing in these free agents who take their money and plan on retirement. It doesn’t matter ’cause Spanos is getting ready to sell the team to another billionaire who wants a new toy. Spanos and the NFL owners have betrayed SD and it’s fans with this dumb move.

  6. Okung is fragile. If he has to play Mack twice a year, expect Okung to play up to the first meeting, get hurt, and then not see him until the end of the season or next season. He’s very fragile.

  7. he’s a quality when healthy. concern would be that older guys who’ve been injury-prone usually keep trending that way. but Hawks missed him last year.

  8. pdway says:
    . . . but Hawks missed him last year.

    The Hawks’ line was terrible, so yes, I’m sure they missed him. But I suspect they missed the old Russell Okung more than the one that got burned fairly often in Denver last season. That brings us back to your other comment — which I agree with — that he is fragile, and injury-prone vets tend to keep trending that way. Not a terrible signing by any means, yet it still seems like a little bit of a reach to me.

  9. Okung a cast-off. Denver couldn’t wait to get rid of ’em. Spanos’s Carson City Chargers too often end up with these dead beats. Spanos is another dead beat whose getting ready to sell this team. Here’s a solution…the NFL owners should buy-out Spanos. Then return the team to SD. Put $250m into up-grading Qualcomm thus returning the NFL to sanity. Also allowing the R-a-i-d-a-s to leave Oakland is a travesty to the NFL’s long term integrity. They should change their charter. What’s next…..the Alabama Jets?

  10. mball13 says:
    Mar 9, 2017 5:43 PM
    Good luck with Mack twice a year hahaha
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    thats ok. you will have to see Bosa in those same games and that wont end well for the faiders.

  11. guyjuneguyjune says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:27 AM
    Okung a cast-off. Denver couldn’t wait to get rid of ’em. Spanos’s Carson City Chargers too often end up with these dead beats. Spanos is another dead beat whose getting ready to sell this team. Here’s a solution…the NFL owners should buy-out Spanos. Then return the team to SD. Put $250m into up-grading Qualcomm thus returning the NFL to sanity. Also allowing the R-a-i-d-a-s to leave Oakland is a travesty to the NFL’s long term integrity. They should change their charter. What’s next…..the Alabama Jets?
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    waaaa waaaaaa keep crying ya big baby.
    if you hate the move, cry about it on your new teams message board. us TRUE Charger fans dont need to see your tears.

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