In desperate need of a left tackle, the Chargers jumped head first into the first day of free agency, locking down one of the best available tackles in Okung with a four-year deal. While the amount of guaranteed money is still unknown, the move conceivably means current LT King Dunlap will be released in the following days, saving the Chargers some much-needed cap space.
Okung had a $1 million option due Mar. 9 and another $8 million due in 2017 via a roster bonus, and Denver is reportedly not taking the tackle up on it. Had the bonus been exercised, the tackle would have been owed another $40 million from 2018 to 2020. Although there is certainly a chance he enters free agency, it is not a lock, as the Broncos could ask Okung to restructure his contract. If he were to enter the free agent pool, however, he would add another tackle to a class that already boasts the likes of Andrew Whitworth, Kelvin Beachum and Ryan Clady among others.
Okung (concussion) is expected to play in Monday night's game against the Texans, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Okung was able to practice in a limited capacity both Friday and Saturday, so his expected active status Monday would complete his return from the concussion-like symptoms he experienced following Denver's Week 6 loss in San Diego.
Okung (concussion) is questionable for Monday's game against the Texans.
Okung was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday this week, a good sign that his progress is trending upward. If he is unable to suit up, expect Ty Sambrailo to see most of the starting snaps at left tackle.
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