What's the hold-up with Russell Okung?
Posted by Danny O'Neil
After one day of training camp, there's one rookie left unsigned: left tackle Russell Okung.
So how long is it going to take, especially consider a report from ProFootballTalk.com that the sides are not close.
OK. Deep breath everyone. It's Day 2. It's not unusual for first-round picks to miss a few days. In fact, signing after missing two days of training camp would be a quick agreement when you look at it in terms of recent Seahawk history.
|Year||Player (pick)||Days missed|
|2010||Russell Okung (No. 6)|
LT, Oklahoma State
|2010||Earl Thomas (No. 14)|
|2009||Aaron Curry (No. 4)|
LB, Wake Forest
|2008||Lawrence Jackson (No. 28)|
|2006||Kelly Jennings (No. 31)|
|2005||Chris Spencer (No. 26)|
C, Ole Miss
|2004||Marcus Tubbs (No. 23)|
|2003||Marcus Trufant (No. 11)|
CB, Washington State
|2002||Jerramy Stevens (No. 28)|
|2001||Koren Robinson (No. 9)|
WR, North Carolina St.
|2001||Steve Hutchinson (No. 17)|
|2000||Shaun Alexander (No. 19)|
|2000||Chris McIntosh (No. 22)|
|1999||Lamar King (No. 22)|
DE, Saginaw Valley State
The two players behind Okung are signed, too. Cornerback Joe Haden with Cleveland, linebacker Rolando McClain with Oakland.
There is no rookie salary scale, but those deals generally provide parameters for an agreement.
But there is something worth noting, which is that the deals signed by Williams and Berry are for six years while the deals signed by Haden and McClain are for five.
It's possible that's a sticking point.
A year ago, Seattle negotiated a six-year agreement with Aaron Curry, which was an exception. Only Matthew Stafford and Michael Crabtree -- who signed much later -- were the only other rookies to sign six-year deals.
For the player, it is a significant sacrifice because of the timing. It is the difference between potentially becoming an unrestricted free agent at the age of 28 -- as Curry would have been with a five-year deal -- and the age of 29. That extra year might not seem like much, but remember this is a league where the average career lasts about four years, and one season could significantly impact the player's bargaining position for a second contract.
Another possible sticking point? Look back at last year's No. 6 pick. That was tackle Andre Smith from Alabama. He did not sign until Aug. 30, missing the team's first three exhibition games. The reason for the holdup? The Bengals would not offer more money than Darrius Heyward-Bey received from Oakland as the No. 7 pick in the draft.
Smith ended up signing a four-year contract, which included a Bengals option to add two additional years to the contract for more guaranteed money after the 2010 season.
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