New Chargers OT Russell Okung's second shot at being own agent pays off big

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Russell Okung’s second stab at negotiating his own contract yielded a more traditional deal. And the veteran left tackle got paid handsomely in a market that clearly worked in his favor.

Criticized by many agents and others a year ago for taking an option-driven package that included no guaranteed money, Okung agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers shortly after free agency opened Thursday. The pact includes $25 million fully guaranteed, according to contract details obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

“I believe the deal was pure economics,” Okung wrote in a text message to USA TODAY Sports on Friday morning. “Supply and demand creates a scarcity value in the OT market. Big thanks to my team for helping me realize that.”

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