Tag:Russell Okung
Posted on: August 28, 2010 9:28 am

Hot Routes 8.28.10: Good News, Bad News

Posted by Will Brinson

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Fellow Blogger Fantasy Football League member (and Football Outsiders overlord as well as a really swell guy) Aaron Schatz got the hook-up from the NFL to show the official video of the NFL's rule changes . Check it.

Just how important is DeSean Jackson to the Eagles? Well, as the Eagletarian mentions , the offense went to a pile of mess when Jackson left with injury, so that should be a good clue. Of course, maybe it was just Kansas City's, um, vaunted defense? Not good times.

The Finsider points out that it's "good news-bad news" re: the Dolphins starting cornerbacks. Vontae Davis was "outstanding" while Jason Allen "proved … he is not an NFL starting cornerback." Harsh words, but it's important, especially if you're one of those idiots who picked the Dolphins to finish ahead of the Jets in the AFC East. /raises hand

One of my favorite interwebs spots, Cat Scratch Reader, notes that the third preseason game enerally provides a good indication as to how well the Panthers will do in the coming season.

The Rams have to be pleased with everything outside of the loss of Donnie Avery -- Turf Show Times says that the play of Jason Smith and Roger Saffold, for different reasons, is also encouraging, particularly in relation to how the combination of "Sam Bradford + Saffold" >>>>> "Russell Okung + Jimmy Clausen." Or something.

Some mildly tangential football news, in that Dan Steinberg discusses where Stephen Strasburg's injury stacks up against the all-time worst for DC Sports -- the chief comparison is that of Joe Theismann when Lawrence Taylor wrecked his life and forced us into bad football broadcasting and, eventually, a crappy movie rendition of a great Michael Lewis book.

Well, well, la-ti-da. Doesn't Chicago just have sooooo many trophies from professional sports teams ? Actually, as the only town to own all four major trophies over the past 25 years, all the owners got together and had a big party where they made fun of the Cubs and then cracked jokes about whether or not anyone would bother hiring Lovie Smith next season.

Our old pal SbB brings to light information that should totally remind everyone in Los Angeles: UR NOT GETTIN' OUR SOUTHERN FOOTBALL. Actually, Brooks ends the post optimistically, but let me tell you what, if they take football from Jacksonville, Thanksgivings are going to be REALLY awkward for my family. No offense, cousins and such.

Zerkle's rundown of Peyton Manning's issues with the umpire is worth it if only for the Madden '11 photoshop.

Haters gonna hate all they want, but Gregg Rosenthal still managed to work up a positive piece about LaDainian Tomlinson at PFT. It's logical too, because, well, as much we all suddenly want LdT to fail miserably, the good news is that he's not as awful as Willie Parker. Careers fade fast when you're from Clinton, NC, son.
Posted on: August 27, 2010 2:21 pm

Seahawks hurting at OT

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two major problems come about from Russell Okung’s high ankle sprain. One, the first-round rookie is losing invaluable developmental opportunities. Obviously, there’s a difference between learning one of the NFL’s toughest positions in practice and preseason games versus learning it on the fly in the regular season. R. Okung (US Presswire)

Secondly, the Seahawks are especially thin at offensive tackle. (Why do you think they invested so much in Okung in the first place?) The Seattle Times reports that 2007 fourth-round pick Mansfield Wrotto will start in Okung’s place. Wrotto is a utility backup who, in the past, has noticeably struggled as a spot starter.

Normally in this situation, the Seahawks would move Sean Locklear to left tackle and have Ray Willis fill in at right tackle. But Willis recently had arthroscopic knee surgery, putting his status for 2010 in question (he almost certainly won’t be available early in the season).

The Seahawks could move Locklear to the left side – they’ve done so several times before. But that would still leave them vulnerable on the right side. (By not moving Locklear, the Seahawks would be weak at left tackle but relatively strong at right tackle; by moving him, they’d be only average at left tackle and weak at right tackle.)

Needless to say, the ideal solution would be for Okung to just get healthy. But high ankle sprains rarely cooperate quickly with such wishes.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 5:06 pm

Okung's ankle injury could keep him out a while

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seattle rookie OT Russell Okung suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game that could keep him out for a while.

“It’s a legitimate ankle sprain,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “We’ll see how it goes.”

From the Seattle Times :
Okung left the field in the first quarter and was replaced by Mansfield Wrotto, who finished the game at left tackle. Okung was not available in the locker room afterward. He underwent X-rays, which did not detect a fracture. He will have an MRI on Sunday. Carroll was asked if Okung suffered a high-ankle sprain.

Typically, recovery from a high-ankle sprain takes four to six weeks. Sometimes it is quicker. Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson was back two weeks after suffering that type of injury last year. Sometimes it's longer, as was the case with tackle Sean Locklear, who missed about two months.
Without Okung in the lineup, Mansfield Wrotto and Joe Toledo would have a chance to take over the first-team reps. This, however, is a familiar situation for Seahawks fans. Last year, the team went through four LTs trying to find a replacement for the since-retired Walter Jones. If the first-round pick isn’t back for a while, that’s going to be a problem.

"It's pretty significant," Carroll said of Okung's injury. "Obviously we made it as big a priority as we could make it to get him. So we'll have to see how it goes.

"That's a big loss if he can't come back. We put a lot of time and effort into getting this guy right. He has done everything we could ask of him, and we'll see what it is. I don't know how long it's going to take."
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:40 pm

Report: Okung, Seahawks reach 6-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Update: The "agreement to terms" is offcial, via the Seahawks' Twitter feed . Bonus: nifty picture of Pete Carroll and Okung meeting in Seattle.

Well, that was fast -- shortly after a report that C.J. Spiller agreed to terms with the Bills surfaced , news is now coming out that the remaining unsigned first-rounder, Russell Okung, has agreed to a six-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Okung, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, agreed to terms on a contract that will pay him up to $58 million over the life of the deal, with $30 million guaranteed.

Provided that both the Okung and Spiller reports are accurate, all of the 2010 first-rounders have now signed or at least agreed to terms with their respective teams.

This is also the earliest that all first-round picks have been signed in the last five years -- Michael Crabtree, Derrick Harvey, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Leinart (the last picks to sign in their respective drafts) all held out until at least August 14th or later.

Okung, charged with replacing the legendary Walter Jones at left tackle, gets a substantial financial step-up from last year's sixth-rounder, the Bengals' Andre Smith. (Smith signed a four-year deal with $21 million guaranteed, but the deal contains a team option that would extend the deal to six years, $42 million with $29.5 guaranteed, so Okung's overall value is skyrocketed over Smith's although his guaranteed cash isn't.)

For relative value purposes, Joe Haden, drafted one spot below Okung, got a five-year deal worth $50 million and $26 million guaranteed, while Eric Berry received a six-year deal worth $60 million and $34 million guaranteed from the Chiefs.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 12:15 pm

Report: Bills, Spiller reach deal

Posted by Will Brinson

According to a report from ESPN's John Clayton, the Buffalo Bills and rookie running back C.J. Spiller have reached an agreement on a deal that will get Spiller into camp as early as Friday, while also making him wealthy individual. (And making Russell Okung the only unsigned rookie from the 2010 first round remaining.)

Clayton originally reported on the radio this morning that it was "likely" Spiller would sign Friday, and if his source is correct, that has happened.

The deal is reportedly a five-year contract worth $25 million total, with $20.8 million guaranteed (last year's No. 9 overall, B.J. Raji received a five-year deal worth $28.5 million overall/$18 million guaranteed).

For further context, Tyson Alualu -- the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft -- received $28 million total and $18 million guaranteed from the Jaguars, while Rolando McClain -- the 8th overall pick  -- received a five-year, $40 million overall/$23 million guaranteed deal from the Raiders.

In other words, Spiller took a little less total money while opting for more guaranteed money (provided, again, that the report is true).

Which makes him the complete opposite of the freshly-paid Andre Johnson.

The Bills should have a release on the news soon, and we'll keep you updated -- it would also seem logical that Spiller, because of his versatility, has a slew of incentives in his contract, relating to total yards gained, etc., etc.

Update (12:10): Looks like the "incentives" portion we mentioned above is a strong likelihood -- the AP is now reporting that Spiller's contract has a maximum value of $37.5 million, which is a pretty solid raise from the original report of $25 million.

However, the Bills, according to Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak , didn't comment about the Spiller signing following early practice. Chan Gailey is scheduled to address the media following the evening session, though, so we should hear something relatively soon.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:52 am

Report: Bills 'likely' to sign Spiller Friday?

Posted by Will Brinson

Russell Okung and C.J. Spiller are the only remaining unsigned first-round draft picks from the 2010 class.

According to John Clayton on ESPN Radio (via Michael David Smith at PFT ), Spiller and the Bills made a lot of progress Thursday in contract discussions and there's a strong chance that the rookie running back will sign with Buffalo on Friday and proceed to join the team in training camp.

That would be a huge boon for a Bills team that, um, just needs some help.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:18 pm

Russell Okung, Seahawks 'not even close'

The majority of the first-rounders from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed with their respective teams -- only six selections from the first round remain uninked after Tyson Alualu reportedly agreed to terms with the Jags .

Jermain Gresham, Dan Williams and Jerry Hughes will all likely get signed pretty quickly. Count Seattle's sixth overall selection as one of those that may take a while to get on board -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday that the two sides are "not even close."
Per a league source, Okung and the Seahawks are "not even close" on a deal for the sixth overall pick in the draft. Now, it would SEEM easy to lock Okung in. After all, in theory, Seattle could just find a number that's somewhere between the deals given to Eric Berry (5th overall) and Joe Haden (7th), right?

One big problem is that Okung is prospective franchise tackle, which makes him substantially more valuable than Berry or Haden (in theory). Particularly for a team that just lost Walter Jones.

Additionally, it's almost certain that Okung is staring up at Trent Williams' deal with the Redskins and wondering just how close he can get to matching that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:36 pm

Only seven to go

And now they’re down to seven. Seven unsigned first-round draft picks, of course.

Now that, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reports this afternoon, No. 12 pick RB Ryan Mathews has signed a five-year, $26.65 million deal ($15 million of which is guaranteed) with the Chargers, 25 of the 32 first-round selections are officially members of their respective squads.

Those missing in action (or, more accurately, those who haven’t come to terms): No. 2 DT Ndamukong Suh of Detroit; No. 6 OT Russell Okung of Seattle; No. 9 RB C.J. Spiller of Buffalo; No. 10 DT Tyson Alualu of Jacksonville; No. 21 TE Jermaine Greshman of Cincinnati; No. 26 NT Dan Williams of Arizona and No. 31 DE Jerry Hughes of Indianapolis.

--Josh Katzowitz

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