Former Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung signed a five-year contract with the defending champion Denver Broncos on Thursday.
Although the deal is for five years, Okung could find himself a free agent next year if the Broncos so choose. Okung is guaranteed $5 million in 2016, but can earn up to $8 million if he performs up to standards. Here's where things get tricky. The Broncos have an option to pick up a four-year contract worth $12 million a year with $20.5 million guaranteed after the 2016-2017 season. Denver has until the start of the 2017-2018 season to make that decision. Okung's stay in the mile high city could land him up to $56 million overall if things go his way, or Denver could oust him for as little as the $5 million he's guaranteed in 2016. However, the former first round pick has no plans on going anywhere.
"I thought it was the best deal for me," Okung told Denver media. "Denver is the place I want to be in the long haul."
Okung had been the starting left tackle for the Seattle Seahawks since he was drafted 6th overall in 2010. In his time as a Seahawk, Okung won a Superbowl in 2013-2014 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. While at Oklahoma State, Okung was named an All-American twice and was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year in 2009. Okung ended his career with a school record 47 straight starts.