Left tackle Russell Okung has not ruled out returning to the Seahawks as he also sifts through offers from the Steelers, Lions and Giants.
Russell Okung has “offers on the table” from the Lions, Giants and Steelers, according to a tweet from Jason La Confora of CBSSports.com, as he continues to sift through his options as a free agent.
That might seem to imply that Okung is no longer considering the Seahawks. But a league source said that Okung has not ruled out returning to Seattle and could still remain with the Seahawks.
La Confora further reported that Okung will talk Monday with Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak, which might seem to further imply that his interest in the Steelers is high.
As of now, Okung has no other visits planned, and there is no set ETA for when he will make a decision.
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At some point, though, what looks like a game of musical chairs between the top three left tackles on the market and the handful of teams considering them will be set in motion, with Okung’s decision potentially flicking the switch.
The Steelers are looking at Okung in part due to uncertainty over whether their own left tackle, Kelvin Beachum, will return.Beachum is recovering from an ACL injury suffered in October and there have been rumblings that could have the Steelers being hesitant to commit to the kind of contract Beachum might like. The Seahawks have been thought interested in Beachum. But he apparently has yet to visit Seattle and instead is reported to be visiting Jacksonville Monday.
If Okung were to sign with the Steelers that would obviously set Beachum basically afloat to sign elsewhere.
Donald Penn of the Raiders also remains on the market and has also mentioned himself that he could be an option for the Seahawks if Okung signs elsewhere. It’s unclear if the Seahawks are simply waiting on Okung before making a move on other linemen but it sort of looks that way. Or, maybe the Seahawks will be content with what they have (such as potentially moving Garry Gilliam to left tackle and Justin Britt back to right tackle) and adding through the draft.
That so many of the top left tackles remain unsigned is obviously intriguing. As has been well-documented, Okung is representing himself and had to wait until last Wednesday to begin talking with teams.
ProFootballRumors.com offered this assessment of the situation: “(T)he tackle market has been somewhat slow to develop. Okung and Beachum are both coming off injuries, Penn will turn 33 next month, and (Andre) Smith isn’t a left tackle, so it makes some sense that there hasn’t been a ton of action on them, but I expect that will be one position that gains steam this week.”
The Seahawks have either had visits or reported interest in a few other offensive linemen, notably Arizona’s Ted Larsen, who visited Friday, and Oakland’s J’Marcus Webb. Both those players appear more suited as interior linemen and likely players added to help replace the departed J.R. Sweezy and not really candidates at left tackle.
The Seahawks have yet to sign an offensive linemen during the free agent period while losing Sweezy and backup swingman Alvin Bailey, and with the possibility of losing Okung.