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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.

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20 Responses to “One year later, Russell Okung gets a real contract”
  1. snowdood163 says: Mar 10, 2017 12:44 PM

    Just shows who knows how to manage a football team in the afc west. And it isn’t the chargers.

  2. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Mar 10, 2017 12:44 PM

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

  3. ipeefreelyagain says: Mar 10, 2017 12:45 PM

    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.

  4. kcchefs58 says: Mar 10, 2017 12:45 PM

    Apparently, every team can tamper without consequence, except the Chiefs.

  5. omeimontis says: Mar 10, 2017 1:07 PM

    RIP speculation that he will return to the Seahawks and play for peanuts.

  6. chawk12thman says: Mar 10, 2017 1:08 PM

    Good for him. Hopefully he produces and gets beyond the next two seasons.

  7. denverscott says: Mar 10, 2017 1:15 PM

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

  8. justbegbaby says: Mar 10, 2017 1:22 PM

    Good for him. He sucks!


  9. squackduckhawk says: Mar 10, 2017 1:28 PM

    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!

  10. jag1959 says: Mar 10, 2017 1:31 PM

    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

  11. jjwalkerisdynomite says: Mar 10, 2017 1:37 PM

    He was a bust last year in Denver so good luck with that.

  12. oreo51 says: Mar 10, 2017 1:46 PM

    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.

  13. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 10, 2017 1:52 PM

    Perhaps some of that money is for obtaining insider info of a division rival…

  14. beauregard says: Mar 10, 2017 2:02 PM

    “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.

  15. National Fanatic says: Mar 10, 2017 2:08 PM

    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…

  16. skittlesareyum says: Mar 10, 2017 2:22 PM

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

  17. guyjuneguyjune says: Mar 10, 2017 3:58 PM

    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.

  18. jonwill57 says: Mar 10, 2017 4:17 PM

    Suspicion? How about this time around he was better prepared instead.

  19. knew8411 says: Mar 10, 2017 4:46 PM

    Who cares what others may say? The man knows what he wants, and feels he is worth. Obviously, the Chargers agree.

  20. harley5571 says: Mar 11, 2017 11:17 AM

    That guy look slow as heck last year..What a coup he accomplished!

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