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Broncos sign free agent OT Russell Okung to five-year contract

Posted Mar 17, 2016

Highly touted free-agent offensive tackle Russell Okung has signed with the Broncos on a five-year contract.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have added further to their offensive line by signing offensive tackle Russell Okung, one of the premier offensive-line free agents this offseason, to a five-year contract.

In a unique position as his own agent, Okung had offers from multiple teams but selected the defending NFL champions as his new home.

That he had many suitors should come as no surprise; Okung has started in all 72 games he's played in over the past six years, and he's allowed an average of just 3.5 sacks per season, according to Pro Football Focus. With his help on the line, the Seahawks had a top-five rushing offense in each of the past four seasons.

After injuring his shoulder in Seattle's playoff loss to the Panthers, Okung is expected to recover from offseason surgery by June.

Okung's skill set and experience in the Seahawks' own zone-blocking scheme should fit in well with the Broncos' own rushing style, which is predicated on similar philosophies.