ESPN’s Josina Anderson broke some interesting news on Thursday stemming from some supposed “uneasy” thoughts that left tackle Russell Okung has about the his future with the Chargers and the team’s overall plan for the future.
A source tells me that #Chargers LT Russell Okung has expressed his uncertainty in the direction of the organization. While the team has attempted to reassure him, Okung remains skeptical of the team's direction and his future with the team.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 20, 2020
You can’t really do much with this information besides speculate. He’s a 32-year old offensive lineman coming off a season cut short by a legitimate medical scare and he just watched the the team’s higher-ups sign his head coach to a one-year “prove it” extension and they also just let their 14-year starting quarterback walk in free agency.
When you’re at the point that Okung is during his career, you want to win and you want to win now. He joined the Chargers several years ago because they were a up-and-coming team with a ton of exciting talent but haven’t shown much for it.
If he feels like he needs to choose between his health and chasing a ring, he may end up choosing his health. But if he plans on continuing his career, he may decide that the right place for him isn’t the Chargers. In that case, maybe cutting him and having an extra $13 million to play around with in free agency isn’t the worst thing in the world.