4 former Denver Broncos who still need a team for the 2021 season
2. Russell Okung, OT
It feels like it’s been a lot longer than just five years since Russell Okung signed with the Denver Broncos, doesn’t it?
After their Super Bowl 50 victory, Okung signed up for a very interesting one-year contract with the Denver Broncos that included a lot of incentives and bonuses and a club-option after the first year to essentially kick in a pre-determined extension.
Okung was solid in 16 games for the Broncos in 2016, but he wasn’t good enough for John Elway to pick up that contract extension option he had and the Broncos let him walk.
Interestingly enough, that was the only full-16 game slate that Okung has played in his NFL career to this point.
After his cup of coffee with the Denver Broncos, Okung signed a big-money deal with the division-rival Chargers and spent three seasons there. He was traded after the 2019 season to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for offensive guard Trai Turner.
Over the last two seasons, Okung has played in just 13 total games.
He will turn 33 this season but the former sixth-overall pick should eventually find himself a home with the supply and demand for quality offensive tackle play.