Former Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung told the Denver media that he got the deal he wanted in signing a contract with the Broncos on Thursday.
After signing a five-year contract with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, former Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung met the media there to talk about his decision, his thoughts on representing himself in the process, and more.
Here’s a transcript:
On what led him to signing the Broncos: “Honestly, it’s a great organization and I think there are only a few top organizations in the NFL. Denver is obviously one those. The class and integrity, it goes with the organization and speaks volumes. I wanted to be a part of a place that did that.”
On the nature of the contract: “It’s a bit intricate, but I thought it was the best deal for me moving forward. Denver is the place I want to be for the long haul.”
On how his shoulder feels: “Good.”
On whether his timeline to return from injury is May-June: “That is the timeline. I’ll be back and ready to go.”
On what he was told about how he would be used: “I’m very familiar with the scheme that they run. I’ve been running the zone scheme since I’ve been a rookie. I understand all the concepts and just everything that they have here. I hope I have something great to offer the team. Just in my understanding of the scheme and my level of play as well, too. I know these guys are a championship caliber team and I’m glad I could be a part of it.”
On what the team told him about the quarterback position: “They told me enough. They told me what I needed to hear. I have confidence to be a part of the team.”
On whether the team’s moves in free agency give him the confidence the team can compete for another Super Bowl: “No cause for pause. They made a good decision in bringing me in. You make decisions like that, you’re headed the right way.”
On how he feels he fits into the zone-blocking scheme: “I’ve got a really good understanding for what the zone scheme is and I think I can do whatever they ask of me. I have a good understanding of running the ball as well as getting back in the drop back and passing as well, too. Whatever they ask me to do, I’ll be ready to do it full speed.”
On not using an agent in his negotiations: “I don’t necessarily know if there would be anything different about it. I think that other guys, it’s for them. In terms of me, it wasn’t for me. I got the deal that I wanted.”
On his belief that he can remain at left tackle: “I think I’ve shown the ability to play left tackle at a high level. They had a hole there and they wanted to bring a guy in. I can service that need. I do have that confidence because I have great support around me. I’m going to be playing with a really good offensive line, too. If I can complement that, I’m ready to go.”
On going against talented Broncos pass rushers in practice: “I know they’ll be coming at me, but I’ll be coming at them as well, too. Those guys are very talented. They’re great players and they’re going to go down in history as some of the best Broncos players to ever play. To me, this is an opportunity to for our group to get better and to keep challenging ourselves to be the best offensive line in the league.”