Russell Okung Contract: Did Seattle Seahawks Really Win?

August 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If the reported contract numbers and Pete Carroll are telling the truth, the Seahawks won the six-day game of chicken against Russell Okung’s agent.
Okung’s deal has been reported as a six-year contract worth up to $58 million, with about $30 million guaranteed.
If it is indeed a straight six-year deal, with no option for Okung to void the sixth year, the Seahawks definitely won—getting the left tackle for six years at a slightly below-market average of $5 million per year in guaranteed money.
And, if that’s the case, there’s no way this should have dragged on a week into camp.
“This could have been done sooner,” Carroll told reporters. “We stood very strong. I really think (General Manager) John (Schneider) did a great job of hanging in there and holding the line where we wanted to.”
The holdup was first thought to be length of deal, with agent Peter Schaffer understandably wanting five years.
Then cam...

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