The Seattle Seahawks may go back to the future to bolster their offensive line.
The Seahawks could bring back left tackle Russell Okung, who is a free agent after the Denver Broncos declined to pick up the option on his contract for the 2017 season, according to a report.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) February 23, 2017
The Broncos decision ends Okung’s time in Denver after one season. Okung signed a reported five-year and $53 million contract, but the deal was for one-year and $8 million. The Broncos took a pass on the option that would’ve paid Okung a combined $20.5 million in guaranteed money during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Okung signed with the Broncos in 2016 played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He was the Seahawks first-round pick (No. 6) in the 2010 draft and spent his first six seasons in Seattle.
Considering their issues on the offensive line, the Seahawks and Okung could find common ground on a contract to bring him back. The Seahawks could use a veteran presence on the line, particularly at left or right tackle.
Rookie George Fant, who played one year of college football, started the final 10 games of the season at left tackle. Fant showed promise, but he struggled to stop edge rushers and forced quarterback Russell Wilson to scramble often.