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Week 3 Outlook
Panther's guard Russell Okung apparently thought about opting out prior to Thursday's deadline and is currently mulling over retirement due to concerns about COVID-19.
Okung, 31 years old, missed over half of the 2019 season with pulmonary embolism and concerns about his health could keep him from going back to the field if he doesn't feel safe with the league's regulations and measures for COVID-19. After 10 seasons in the league, Okung has made over $100M throughout his Pro Bowl career so he isn't hurting for money and is prioritizing his longterm health over anything else. This could potentially be a huge blow to the Panthers and Christian McCaffrey.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Chargers LT Russell Okung (groin) is expected to play in Week 13.
Okung is expected to make his return against the Broncos to protect Philip Rivers' blindside after missing one game with a groin injury. While Rivers has looked atrocious under pressure this season, Okung's return should be a tremendous help for the veteran signal-caller and his supporting cast.
The Los Angeles Chargers and tackle Russell Okung have agreed to a 4-year $53M deal. $25M guaranteed.
The Chargers picked up the best tackle left in free-agency while also building an offensive line that was one of the worst in football. Rivers will now be protected as well as an improved lined for Gordon to run behind. Okung is a major upgrade in all aspects of Charger football.
Offensive tackle Russell Okung and the Denver Broncos agree to a five-year, $53 million deal on Thursday.
This move means the Broncos are going to trade and trade tackle Ryan Clady. The 2010 NFL Draft's No. 6 overall pick has started 72 games for the Seahawks over his career. He did well to get paid that much despite his injury history (he's coming off shoulder surgery) and despite the fact that was representing himself in contract negotiations. He's not an elite lineman, but he's one of the better ones. The Broncos could certainly use him up front.