Russell Okung didn't guarantee any money in his self-negotiated contract
Russell Okung managed to angle himself $53 million from the Broncos, which is a lot of money considering he sat down at the bargaining table without an agent. The only problem is that Okung's $53 million isn't really $53 million because not a single penny of it is guaranteed.
See, every year after Okung's first in Denver is a team option. So provided Okung stays healthy-- which is a stretch for any professional football player, let alone an offensive tackle-- the Broncos can send him packing at any time for any reason, and they won't have to eat any extra money. On top of team options, that fuzzy $53 million also has a lot of incentive-based pay built into it, so basically, Okung didn't do a very good job.
It looks like Okung has learned absolutely nothing since that risible holdout six years ago. There just aren't enough people following the Tao of DJ Khaled.