On the first day of unrestricted free agency in 2017, the Chargers signed veteran left tackle Russell Okung to a four-year contract.
A former Pro Bowl standout and Super Bowl champion, Okung played his first six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before suiting up for the Denver Broncos in 2016. He has started at left tackle all 100 career games he has played, including 12 in the postseason.
Okung has proven to be one of the NFL’s best left tackles since he entered the League in 2010. According to Stats, LLC., Okung has allowed just 24 sacks over his first seven seasons, fourth-fewest among left tackles who’ve made at least 70 starts.
Okung established himself as a reliable left tackle from the moment the Seahawks selected him in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He allowed the second fewest sacks (20) in the NFL among linemen with at least 70 starts during his tenure in Seattle.
The 6-5, 310-pound tackle is also known for his run blocking. Over his first five seasons, the Seahawks boasted the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack, averaging 135.2 yards per game. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 after helping Marshawn Lynch run for a career-high 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Okung anchored an offensive line that guided the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, including a 43-8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick (6th overall) by Seattle, April 22, 2010...signed with Seahawks, Aug. 6...contract expired March 9, 2016...signed with Denver, March 17, 2016...contract expired March 9, 2017...signed four-year contract with Chargers, March 10.
2016: Started all 16 games for first time in career at left tackle.
2015: Started 13 games during regular season and two in postseason...key cog in NFL’s third-ranked rushing offense (141.8 ypg).
2014: Starting left tackle in 14 regular-season games and three postseason contests, including Super Bowl XLIX...helped Seattle lead NFL with 172.6 rushing yards per game during franchise-record 2,762-yard season...contributed to franchise-record 350-yard rush game Nov. 9 vs. New York Giants.
2013: Started eight regular-season games and three postseason contests, including 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New York...missed eight games due to toe injury...started first two games before being placed on injured-reserve with designation for return...missed eight games and returned Week 11.
2012: Pro Bowl starter after starting 17 games, including two postseason contests...helped Seattle rank third in League in rushing (161.2 ypg)...surrendered just two sacks (.133/game), for lowest rate of career.
2011: Started first 12 games before being placed on injured reserve due to torn pectoral muscle.
2010: Started 12 games as rookie, including two postseason contests...NFL debut Oct. 3 at St. Louis.
COLLEGE: First-team All-America and first-team All-Big 12 as junior and senior...Big 12 Offensive Linemen of Year as senior...played in 52 games with 47 starts...played at Oklahoma State from 2006-09.
PERSONAL: Born in Richmond, Texas...first-team All-Greater Houston and first-team all-district at George Bush High in Fort Bend, Texas.