Russell Okung to the Vikings?
Many free agent offensive lineman have already been linked to the Minnesota Vikings…and for good reason.
Their offensive line has been their biggest weakness the past three seasons.
They need help not just at left tackle, but also at right guard and right tackle.
Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals is the best left tackle available, but is 35 years old. With not many options available, it would not be a shock if the Vikings end up re-signing Matt Kalil, who played in only two games last season due to a hip injury.
Kalil has struggled with inconsistency and injuries since making it to the Pro Bowl in 2012, but would still be a better option than T.J. Clemmings, who has struggled mightily at both tackle spots.
Examining Okung’s Career
Okung would be an upgrade over both. He did not play as well this past season with the Denver Broncos as he did during his time with the Seattle Seahawks, but would still be a nice addition to this unit.
Pro Football Focus rated him at the 38th-highest tackle among 78 eligible players. That is not great by any means. However, Jeremiah Sirles was ranked 49th and T.J. Clemmings was 76th.
Okung was drafted sixth overall out of Oklahoma State in 2010 by the Seahawks. He spent his first six seasons there before signing with the Broncos last year.
He signed a one-year deal worth $5 million, which included an additional four-year deal, $48 million option. The Broncos decided not to pick up that option earlier this week.
Okung has started all 88 games he has played in, but this past season was the first time he played in all 16 games. While with the Seahawks he played in an average of 12 games per season, including eight in 2013. He was a Pro Bowler in 2012.
With the release of Adrian Peterson, the Vikings are now $40,688,209 under the salary cap according to Spotrac.com. They could save an additional $6.75 million by releasing defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
They certainly have more than enough to sign at least two offensive lineman, which is something they absolutely need to do this offseason.
How much is Okung worth?
$7-$8 million sounds reasonable.