Broncos sign Russell Okung to a five-year, incentive-based contract

Russell Okung is now a member of the Broncos. (USATSI)

Russell Okung, the agent, just secured a new contract for Russell Okung, the left tackle.

Okung, who represented himself during free agency as opposed to hiring an agent, signed a five-year contract with the Broncos, as ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora provided confirmation of the deal (along with the Broncos), as well as more financial details.

For Okung, 28, it's an incentive-based contract.

And that likely means Ryan Clady won't return to Denver. The Broncos had reportedly approached Clady about taking a paycut, but the two sides reportedly couldn't agree to a restructured deal. Now, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the team will try to trade Clady, who has a cap hit of over $10 million for each of the last two years on his contract. Clady is also coming off a torn ACL that he suffered last May. 

Per La Canfora, that trade will be difficult to engineer. 

In Okung, the Broncos are acquiring another oft-injured left tackle, though he clearly has the talent to function as a high-quality player. Per Pro Football Reference, Okung has never played in all 16 games of a single season. Still, the Seahawks' former first-round pick was clearly desired on the market.

Now, the Broncos just need to figure out who Okung will be protecting next season.

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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