Russell Okung Believes Melvin Gordon is a Young Marshawn Lynch- Ricky Henne
“He reminds me a lot of Marshawn (Lynch),” Okung said. “His running style, ability to fight for extra yardage and fall forward. I knew I have to be around runners like that. He is what I am used to. You obviously want to be part of a team that is physical, runs the ball and is efficient at the quarterback position. That is what the Chargers are. And Melvin, his tenacity as a ball carrier reminds me of a young Marshawn. His willingness to fight for everything he has is definitely similar.”
Grading every deal of 2017 NFL free agency - Sam Monson
The headline figure for this contract looks insane, but though some reports had the guaranteed money at just $13.5 million, the later consensus seems to be a monstrous $25 million of guaranteed money, turning a one-year risk into a multi-year millstone for the Chargers. Okung remains a good run blocker—particularly on the backside of zone plays—but has his struggles in pass blocking, and was last solid in that regard in 2012.
2017 NFL Free Agency Grades: Give Saints and Jaguars an 'A,' but Jets get an 'F' - Pete Prisco
The Skinny: Their best move was putting the franchise tag on pass rusher Melvin Ingram to prevent him from leaving. The Chargers also re-signed safety Jahleel Addae. They gave Broncos tackle Russell Okung a big contract, which is a questionable move based on the way he played last season.
Grade: C-. The Ingram move makes this free agency class. They had to keep the elite edge rusher.
Barnwell grades the big free-agent deals - Bill Barnwell
We don't know the structure of the deal yet, but the annual salary and guarantee number suggest this is likely going to commit Okung to Los Angeles for two years, which is reasonable enough and in line with what other left tackles are getting in the market. It's certainly better to give Okung two years and $25 million than it would be to give, say, Matt Kalil the same sort of guarantees. Okung would be an upgrade on the likely-to-be-released King Dunlap when healthy, but health is a perpetual concern of his.
NFL free agency 2017: Grades for every move as they happen - Ryan Van Bibber
Chargers sign Russell Okung: Four years and $53 million seems expensive based on Okung’s performance in Denver last year, but if the Chargers can keep him on the field, he can be an effective blocker again. Grade: B
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