One year later, Russell Okung gets a real contract

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Last year, tackle Russell Okung negotiated for himself after several days of free agency a contract with the Broncos worth far less than initial reports suggested. This year, Okung managed with the Chargers something far more impressive — in only 90 minutes. (Supposedly.)

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Okung receives a $10 million signing bonus, a $3 million fully guaranteed base salary in 2017, and a $12 million fully guaranteed base salary in 2018. That’s a true and complete guarantee at signing of $25 million.

He has non-guaranteed base salaries of $13 million in 2019 and $13 million in 2020, along with per-game roster bonuses of $500,000 per year.

It’s a four-year package worth up to $53 million, but the team as a practical matter can make it a two-year deal worth up to $26 million.

The speed with which Okung negotiated the deal will do nothing to reduce suspicions that the Chargers were talking to Okung or his advisor before the new league year began at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, in violation of league rules. Regardless, Okung did much better this time around — especially since the next four years will be more lucrative for Okung than the four years the Broncos opted not to exercise.

20 responses to “One year later, Russell Okung gets a real contract

  1. Good for him. Sure this stinks a bit like tampering but at least he keeps that extra 15%.

  2. Above all, he saved 3% yet again… Most NFL players are graduates from prestigious colleges. Time value of money, guarantees and incentives aren’t rocket surgery. If a player doesn’t believe he’s getting the value out of the commission absorbed by his agent, he’s perfectly within his rights to negotiate his future on his own behalf.

  3. His performance in Denver last year doesn’t warrant those numbers. Desperation signing.

  4. I cannot believe how much he got! He has been nothing but a disappointment his whole career, and now is making QB money. I may not respect him on the field, but off the field he is a great salesman!

  5. denverscott says:
    Mar 10, 2017 1:15 PM
    His performance in Denver last year doesn’t warrant those numbers. Desperation signing.

    Elway got what he paid for

  6. It seems unfair to me that a player acting as his own agent cannot participate in the early signing period the way others with agents do. I am not sure that rule will hold up in court.

  7. “And it’s a first down..wait, there’s a flag!”

    “Holding..on the offense..number 76..ten yard penalty, repeat second down”

    Time after time after time.

  8. He got more than expected, but he’s a good young left tackle and I’m stoked for him. Last year, I keep a close eye on him and Elway fleeced him. And if you look at his stats last season, he he protected garbage QB’s that held on to the ball too long. He’s better than you’d assume. Rivers will be very happy, same with Melvin Gordon. King Dunlap cannot run block at all…

  9. Does this mean you’re done with the articles about him being an idiot for representing himself?

  10. Denver couldn’t wait to get’em out of there! The Seahawks couldn’t/wouldn’t resign him. Another massive, costly mistake by the “child” President of Football Operations, John Spanos along with “the politician-yes man” General Manager Tolesco. Actually, this is an easy up-grade from “King” Dunlap and whoever plug-n-plays on the right side. Why Rivers isn’t walking with a cane right now, no-body knows.

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