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.
2017: Selected to his second Pro Bowl, replacing Oakland T Donald Penn after initially being named as an alternate…Started 15 games at LT, bringing his career games played/started to 103, and was inactive for another with a groin injury…Appeared in and started the 100th game of his career in the win vs. Cleveland…Bookends a line that kept QB Philip Rivers upright to throw for 4,515 yards and 28 TDs with 10 INTs on 360-of-575 passing (96.0 passer rating)…Part of a unit that allowed Rivers time to post seven games with a passer rating above 105 and nine games above 100, including one game with a passer rating of 149.1 (third highest of career)…Blocked for Rivers to reach 342 career passing TDs, tying Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton for sixth in NFL history…Provided time for Rivers to reach 50,000 career regular-season passing yards, finishing the season ranked ninth on the all-time passing yards list with 50,348…Allowed protection for Rivers to finish the year with 4,171 completions, good for seventh on the all-time completions list…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for 1,105 yards and eight TDs on 284 attempts (3.9 avg.) for his first 1,000-yard rushing season…Member of an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (18)…Appeared on 927 of 1,064 offensive snaps...Contributed on 58 special teams plays…Awards: Pro Bowl Selection (Second)…at Denver (Sept. 11): Opened the game at LT, playing all 59 offensive snaps…Marked the seventh-consecutive season that he started the season opener at left tackle…Part of a line that allowed one sack against a Denver defense that posted a league-high 94 sacks over the previous two seasons (2015-16)…Allowed time for QB Philip Rivers to throw for three TDs, the 49th game of his career with three-plus TD passes...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Started the 90th game of his career at LT, seeing action on 58 plays on offense…Protected QB Philip Rivers as he threw for 331 yards and a TD on 31-of-39 passing (110.6 passer rating)…Rivers’ 79.5 completion percentage was his highest since posting a percentage of 82.9 vs. Detroit to open the 2015 season (Sept. 13, 2015)…Had a key block on LB Kiko Alonso that allowed RB Branden Oliver to break free for a 26-yard rush in the second quarter…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Appeared on 73 offensive snaps after opening the game at LT…Blocked DE Alvin Baily to spring RB Melvin Gordon free on a 14-yard run in the first quarter…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Started at LT and played on 57 offensive snaps…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers to complete 22-of-38 pass attempts for 347 yards and two TDs (105.9 passer rating), his second 300-yard performance of the season and 53rd of his career...at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Started at LT, appearing on all 78 offensive snaps…Helped block for RB Melvin Gordon to post 105 rushing yards on 20 attempts (5.3 avg.), and register 58 receiving yards and two TDs on a game-high six catches (9.7 avg.)…Part of a unit that did not allow a sack on the day, allowing QB Philip Rivers time to throw for 258 yards and three TDs, marking his second three-TD performance of the season and 50th of his career…Protected Rivers to surpass 47,000 career yards and move ahead of Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton to rank 10th for the most passing yards in league annals…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Started at LT, playing all 65 snaps on offense…Opened holes for RB Melvin Gordon to post his second-consecutive game with 150-plus yards from scrimmage…Part of a unit that allowed one sack, keeping QB Philip Rivers upright to complete 25-of-36 passes for 268 yards and a TD (100.2 passer rating)…It marked Rivers’ third game of the season with a passer rating above 100…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Appeared on all 58 offensive snaps after opening the game at LT, marking the 95th start of his career…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to post 183 yards and two TDs on 15-of-26 passing (105.1 passer rating) for the quarterback’s 100th career victory…It marked the third game of the season with a passer rating greater than 105 and the fourth higher than 100…at New England (Oct. 29): Started at LT, seeing action on all 58 plays on offense…Helped pave the way for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for a season-high 132 yards and an 87-yard TD on 14 carries (9.4 avg.)…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Started at LT and saw action on 62 plays on offense…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to throw for 235 yards and two TDs with an INT on 21-of-37 (56.8 pct.) passing to move past Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon (3,988) for eighth, at the time, on the all-time completions list…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Started at LT, appearing on 55 offensive snaps…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers and QB Kellen Clemens to throw for a combined 284 passing yards and two TDs for a 108.4 passer rating, including Rivers completing 20-of-32 passes (62.5 pct.) for 251 yards and two TDs (107.7 passer rating) through three quarters…It marked the fifth game of the season for Rivers with a passer rating above 100 and the fourth above 105…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon and RB Austin Ekeler to combine for 120 rushing yards and two TDs on 26 carries (4.6 avg.)…Helped spring Gordon free in the second level on a 20-yard run in the second quarter by providing a pancake block of LB Matt Milano…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Started at LT and played all 68 snaps on offense…Part of a line that allowed QB Philip Rivers to throw for 434 yards and three TDs on 27-of-33 passing (81.8 pct.) for a 149.1 passer rating…It marked the ninth 400-yard game, 54th 300-yard game and 51st three-TD game of Rivers’ career…The 149.1 passer rating ranked third in his career…On the first TD pass, provided Rivers time to move through his progressions to find TE Hunter Henry in the middle of the end zone matched up with S Byron Jones for a three-yard score…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Played all 70 snaps on offense after opening the contest at LT…It marked the 100th game played and the 100th start of his career…Blocked for QB Philip Rivers to complete 31 passes on 43 attempts (72.1 pct.) for 344 yards and a TD (103.2 passer rating), marking the 55th 300-yard game of Rivers’ career…Protected Rivers to reach 3,000 yards on the year for the 12th consecutive season, which also brought his career total past 49,000…The victory gave Rivers 103 for his career, good for sole possession of 13th in league history, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Started at LT and played all 72 snaps on offense…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers to post the 104th victory of his career and pass Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon (49,324) for ninth in all-time passing yards…Blocked for Rivers to post 319 passing yards and two TDs on 18-of-31 passing (58.1 pct.) for a 114.9 passer rating, marking the 56th career game of 300-plus passing yards…Provided key blocks on RB Austin Ekeler’s 33-yard run to close the first half and RB Melvin Gordon’s one-yard TD run in the third quarter…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Played all 64 snaps on offense after opening the game at LT…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to post 78 rushing yards and a TD on 19 attempts (4.1 avg.) and six catches for 91 yards (15.2 avg.)…Gordon’s 169 yards from scrimmage were a season high and rank second in the running back’s career…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Inactive (groin)…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Started at LT, appearing on all 70 offensive snaps…Protected QB Philip Rivers to throw for 387 yards and three TDs on 28-of-37 passing (75.7 pct.) for a 135.8 passer rating…It marked Rivers’ 57th 300-yard game and his 52nd three-TD game…Rivers’ three TD passes brought his career total to 342, tying Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton for sixth in NFL history…Provided time for Rivers to eclipse 50,000 career regular-season passing yards, making him the ninth player in league annals to do so…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to register 93 rushing yards on 17 attempts (5.5 avg.) and six catches for 31 receiving yards (5.2 avg.)…The rushing yardage pushed Gordon into seventh in Chargers history…Provided a downfield block for Gordon to post a 17-yard gain early in the third quarter.
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.