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Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Hawks' picks: Round 1/6 -- Russell Okung, OT, 6-5, 300, Oklahoma State: The Seahawks were lucky to have their replacement for cornerstone OT Walter Jones fall into their laps here. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Russell Okung News
05/26/16 - LT Russell Okung represented himself as his own agent, and in March signed a contract that could be worth up to $53 million -- but only guaranteed him $1 million in the form of an offseason workout bonus this year.
He bet on himself. But given the paucity of effective left tackles on the market, the deal seemed to be an unnecessary risk. He could play only the 2016 season, and finish with just $5 million earned if the Broncos do not exercise the option on his deal for 2017 and beyond.
"And I'm fine with that," Okung said. "That's kind of why I signed the deal. I didn't mind the deal. That's why I wanted to sign it."
But in his mind, the contract was "the best deal in the best place," even though it has been pilloried by pundits in the last two months.
"I would say if I listened to the media, I wouldn't be where I am today," he said. "I definitely can't really take into account a lot of publications that don't necessarily look to understand all of the facts.
"I think if anybody wants to ask me a question or understand it better, understand the facts first. Real facts; not assumptions. All that information is available to people and for people to see."
Okung is expected to be limited to individual drills throughout OTAs as he completes recovery from shoulder surgery. Michael Schofield saw work in his place.
03/17/16 - OT Russell Okung struck a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos, the team announced Thursday. The free-agent left tackle reportedly agreed to a contract worth a reported $53 million. Okung, 28, played the past six seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012.
01/20/16 - LT Russell Okung, named a Pro Bowl alternate, is a solid tackle, but his salary could rise too high as an unrestricted free agent.
01/18/16 - OT Russell Okung suffered a dislocated left shoulder Sunday while attempting to block Panthers defensive end Mario Addison on Russell Wilson's second interception.
01/17/16 - OT Russell Okung exited with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter.