Report Claims Steelers Have Offer on the Table to Seahawks OT Russell Okung

Russell Okung

While the Steelers may have to figure out how to make up for wide out Martavis Bryant should he wind up suspended for the year as reports say, the team looks like they may try to add to their offensive line.

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers have an offer on the table to Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung.

Okung was the Seahawks 6th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He’s played in 72 games in career, starting them all. The Detroit News reports that Okung had a good visit with the Lions on Saturday, and he’s also chatted with the Giants.

If the Steelers do land Okung, it will mean the end for Kelvin Beachum, who has spoken to the Jets and Jaguars, and also ESPN reported the Seahawks have shown interest in the tackle.

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1 Comment on "Report Claims Steelers Have Offer on the Table to Seahawks OT Russell Okung"

  1. The Steelers emphasis in free agency on strengthening the O-line, and the tackle position in particular, is encouraging. Okung is only one of several linemen under consideration, according to news sources; how many others are being wooed under the radar is anyone’s guess. Fixing the O-line with quality veterans is more certain than the draft. With Okung at one tackle and Villanueva at the other, and DeCastro and Foster as our guards, we would have a solid line again.

    Beachum, given his injury and lofty salary expectations, may not be back; that probability made the re-signing of Foster necessary. An upgrade to Adams at RT seems likely, too. Whether Pouncey has recovered fully remains a question at center, but Wallace has filled the spot acceptably. Leaving Colbert with the perennial problem of finding solid backups.

    Altogether, I am encouraged by the focus on the O-line. I hope it presages an equal focus on rebuilding the D-line. As the better teams in the NFL have proved (once again), the quality of the lines is vital to team success.

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