The NFL Network is reporting that unrestricted free agent left tackle Russell Okung (Seattle Seahawks) will visit the New York Giants on Friday. If the Giants cannot sign him immediately, he will then reportedly visit the Detroit Lions. Any contract negotiations could be complicated by the fact that Okung is representing himself.
The 28-year old Okung was originally drafted in the 1st round (6th overall pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. In six NFL seasons, Okung has started all 72 regular-season games that he played in. However, he also has never played a full 16-game schedule, having missed 24 regular-season games due to injuries: high ankle sprains on both ankles in 2010, a torn right pectoral muscle in 2011, a toe injury that caused him to miss half of the 2013 season, a bruised lung in 2014, and ankle and calf injuries in 2015. Okung also needed left shoulder surgery to repair a dislocation suffered in the 2015 playoffs and reportedly is still recovering from that procedure. Okung combines excellent size and overall athleticism. Although, he really has not played at an elite level since the 2012 season, Okung is still considered one of the more solid all-around tackles in the game as both a run and pass blocker.