The Denver Broncos bolstered their offensive line by adding former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung on Thursday.
Okung has agreed to a five-year contract worth $10.6 million a season, according to ESPN.
Okung, who represented himself in negotiations, drew heavy interest in the free agent market. His choice of Denver shows that General Manager John Elway can still attract a marquee free agent even without quarterback Peyton Manning as a selling point.
“Honestly, it’s a great organization and I think there are only a few top organizations in the NFL,” said Okung, who had anchored the Seahawks’ line for the last six seasons. “Denver is obviously one of those. The class and integrity, it goes with the organization and speaks volumes. I wanted to be a part of a place that did that.”
Okung’s arrival likely means former Boise State star Ryan Clady, 29, the longest tenured Broncos player, could be on his way out in Denver. Clady is set to make $9.5 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017, but he’s made just 18 starts over the last three seasons and missed all of last year with a torn ACL.
Like Okung, Clady has battled injuries in recent seasons — he played just two games in 2013 — but has been a premier pass blocker when healthy.