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August 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

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Confirmed: Okung agrees to terms

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seattle has agreed to terms with left tackle Russell Okung, according to multiple reports.

It cost six days of training camp, eight practices and many millions of dollars, but Seattle finally has its blind side covered for 2010 and beyond.

HOLDING PATTERN
Russell Okung's training-camp absence is fourth-longest of any Seahawks' first-round pick going back to 1999:
YearPlayer (pick)Days missed
2000
 
Chris McIntosh (No. 22)
T, Wisconsin
22
 
1999
 
Lamar King (No. 22)
DE, Saginaw Valley State
11
 
2009
 
Aaron Curry (No. 4)
LB, Wake Forest
8
 
2004
 
Marcus Tubbs (No. 23)
DT, Texas
8
 
2010
 
Russell Okung (No. 6)
LT, Oklahoma State
6
 
2005
 
Chris Spencer (No. 26)
C, Ole Miss
5
 
2002
 
Jerramy Stevens (No. 28)
TE, Washington
4
 
2006
 
Kelly Jennings (No. 31)
CB, Miami
2
 
2010
 
Earl Thomas (No. 14)
S, Texas
1
 
2008
 
Lawrence Jackson (No. 28)
DE, USC
0
2003
 
Marcus Trufant (No. 11)
CB, Washington State
0
 
2001
 
Koren Robinson (No. 9)
WR, North Carolina St.
0
 
2001
 
Steve Hutchinson (No. 17)
G, Michigan
0
 
2000
 
Shaun Alexander (No. 19)
RB, Alabama
0
 

Okung, the team's first choice in last April's draft has agreed to terms and was on his way to Seattle's headquarters Friday morning. No contract specifics were available, but it was a six-year contract worth a maximum of $58 million with $30 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Peter Schaffer, Okung's agent, declined to discuss any specifics about any agreement or negotiations. Okung was the last first-round pick from this year's draft to sign.


Okung, 22, was chosen No. 6 overall in the draft by Seattle, the same slot the Seahawks picked Walter Jones in 1997.

Alex Gibbs, Seattle's offensive line coach, referred to him as a "can't miss" player in the team's evaluation and designated Okung as Walter Jones' successor. Okung became Seattle's starting left tackle the moment he arrived at team headquarters, Seattle hoping he would stabilize a position where it went through four different starters last season.

Okung is 6 feet 5, 310 pounds and was one of the strongest linemen available in this year's draft. The sticking point in Seattle's negotiations with Okung was whether the contract Kansas City signed safety Eric Berry to set a ceiling for Okung, whose position of left tackle is more valuable in today's NFL than a safety.

Okung's absence nearly equaled that of linebacker Aaron Curry, last year's first-round pick who missed the first eight days of training camp before signing his deal. Curry's absence was the longest by one of Seattle's first-round picks since Chris McIntosh missed 22 days in 2000.

But after Okung missed the first six days of training camp, he'll now be running his own version of the hurry-up offense next to Ben Hamilton, the team's new veteran left guard.

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