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.”


No doubt, this offensive line market was unlike anything many in the NFL have seen recently, driven by a shortage of healthy, starting-caliber…

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