Reports: Broncos make move that could pave way for Kaepernick trade
APR 9, 7:33p ET | Staff and News Services
Rotowire: Mar 17 / 5:10p ET
News: The Broncos signed Okung to a one-year deal worth $5 million, NFL.com reports. Okung can earn up to $8 million in 2016 and the deal includes a team option for an additional four years for $48 million.
Impact: After going from Ryan Clady to Ty Sambrailo to Ryan Harris at left tackle during their Super Bowl run, Denver looked to solidify their hodge-podge offensive line by bringing Okung in. Okung has never played a complete 16-game season, so the structure of the deal allows Denver to try Okung out for a year before committing significant resources and Okung to prove that he's capable of staying healthy and effective. The move likely sends fellow free agent acquisition Donald Stephenson to right tackle and Sambrailo, a 2015 second-round pick, to either a swing tackle role or inside to guard.
StatsLLC: Mar 17 / 12:00a ET
News: John Elway bolstered both his offensive line and his already strong reputation as one of the NFL's best general managers Thursday by luring former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung to the Denver Broncos.
Impact: Okung, who represented himself in negotiations, drew heavy interest in the free agent market. His choice of Denver shows Elway can still attract a marquee free agent even without Peyton Manning as a selling point.