One of the biggest question marks concerning the Seattle Seahawks this offseason is how they’ll handle the left tackle position. George Fant retained his starting role even after opening week starter Bradley Sowell returned to full strength, but will Seattle stick with Fant heading into next season? If they don’t, then there is the possibility that they could bring back Russell Okung. 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny O’Neil tweeted out this little nugget on Tuesday.
The #Seahawks' negotiations with Russell Okung didn't go well last year, but he would consider a return if the situation made sense.— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) February 28, 2017
The Broncos recently declined to pick up Okung’s four-year, $48 million option, which he negotiated for himself. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career (because of course he did) while with Denver, fulfilling the one-year, $5 million part of his deal, but evidently that’s all the time he’ll be spending in the Mile High City.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, teams inquiring about Okung include “the Giants, Jets, Chargers and Vikings.” The Seahawks weren’t on that list, so there’s a key distinction to be made as far as Seattle taking any interest in re-signing Okung.
Okung is 29 years old and knows Seattle’s system by virtue of having played with the team since 2010, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2012. The concern with him has always been his ability to stay healthy, and I don’t think that’s ever going to go away. That said, if the Seahawks don’t see Fant as the answer, I don’t see the harm in getting Okung on what would surely be a cheaper deal than had they re-signed him during free agency in the previous offseason. Whether the Seahawks front office actually want Okung back is a different story, and there isn’t a shortage of teams who are vying to have his services.