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Former Seahawks tackle Russell Okung shares opinions on NFL contracts

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It has been nearly nine years since the Seattle Seahawks made left tackle Russell Okung a first round draft choice out of Oklahoma State in 2010, officially becoming the first player drafted by the Pete Carroll and John Schneider regime. Since that time Okung has played out his original, six-year rookie contract, spent time in Denver on what was effectively a prove it deal and then became, for a short time, the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

Okung is well known for representing himself in contract negotiations, not just once, but twice, as a free agent. Both times he ended up signing lucrative deals, first with the Denver Broncosa and then with the then San Diego but now Los Angeles Chargers. In any case, he has become a vocal proponent of player's rights, and is now starting to weigh in publicly on some of the issues that the players will face in the next round of CBA negotiations. Specifically, following the announcement of Mike Trout's mega contract, Okung authored a lengthy thread on guaranteed contracts. Here it is for your reading pleasure.

Now, obviously, the idea of dead money not hitting the cap has been bandied about here, but that is such an easy loophole to exploit that it would effectively eliminate the salary cap. A team looking for a competitive advantage would simply sign all its players to minimum salary contracts and give huge signing bonuses. There would be no downside to cutting underperforming players because of the simple fact that there would be ample cap room due to the fact that former players wouldn’t count against the salary cap.

In short, the New England Patriots could sign Tom Brady to a one year, $50M deal that is $49M signing bonus and $1M base salary. Then, the team cuts him after OTAs and gives him a couple of weeks off before bringing him back before the start of training camp. His cap hit would be $1M, and fans would be in even more of an uproar about that than they are about the Patriots’ contract with TB12.

That said, what are some alternatives? What kind of proposals should the pmayers put forth to earn themselves more guaranteed money in future contracts.