Tag:Walter Jones
Posted on: August 22, 2010 5:06 pm
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Okung's ankle injury could keep him out a while

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seattle rookie OT Russell Okung suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game that could keep him out for a while.

“It’s a legitimate ankle sprain,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “We’ll see how it goes.”

From the Seattle Times :
Okung left the field in the first quarter and was replaced by Mansfield Wrotto, who finished the game at left tackle. Okung was not available in the locker room afterward. He underwent X-rays, which did not detect a fracture. He will have an MRI on Sunday. Carroll was asked if Okung suffered a high-ankle sprain.

Typically, recovery from a high-ankle sprain takes four to six weeks. Sometimes it is quicker. Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson was back two weeks after suffering that type of injury last year. Sometimes it's longer, as was the case with tackle Sean Locklear, who missed about two months.
Without Okung in the lineup, Mansfield Wrotto and Joe Toledo would have a chance to take over the first-team reps. This, however, is a familiar situation for Seahawks fans. Last year, the team went through four LTs trying to find a replacement for the since-retired Walter Jones. If the first-round pick isn’t back for a while, that’s going to be a problem.

"It's pretty significant," Carroll said of Okung's injury. "Obviously we made it as big a priority as we could make it to get him. So we'll have to see how it goes.

"That's a big loss if he can't come back. We put a lot of time and effort into getting this guy right. He has done everything we could ask of him, and we'll see what it is. I don't know how long it's going to take."
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Report: Okung, Seahawks reach 6-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Update: The "agreement to terms" is offcial, via the Seahawks' Twitter feed . Bonus: nifty picture of Pete Carroll and Okung meeting in Seattle.

Well, that was fast -- shortly after a report that C.J. Spiller agreed to terms with the Bills surfaced , news is now coming out that the remaining unsigned first-rounder, Russell Okung, has agreed to a six-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Okung, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, agreed to terms on a contract that will pay him up to $58 million over the life of the deal, with $30 million guaranteed.

Provided that both the Okung and Spiller reports are accurate, all of the 2010 first-rounders have now signed or at least agreed to terms with their respective teams.

This is also the earliest that all first-round picks have been signed in the last five years -- Michael Crabtree, Derrick Harvey, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Leinart (the last picks to sign in their respective drafts) all held out until at least August 14th or later.

Okung, charged with replacing the legendary Walter Jones at left tackle, gets a substantial financial step-up from last year's sixth-rounder, the Bengals' Andre Smith. (Smith signed a four-year deal with $21 million guaranteed, but the deal contains a team option that would extend the deal to six years, $42 million with $29.5 guaranteed, so Okung's overall value is skyrocketed over Smith's although his guaranteed cash isn't.)

For relative value purposes, Joe Haden, drafted one spot below Okung, got a five-year deal worth $50 million and $26 million guaranteed, while Eric Berry received a six-year deal worth $60 million and $34 million guaranteed from the Chiefs.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:18 pm
 

Russell Okung, Seahawks 'not even close'

The majority of the first-rounders from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed with their respective teams -- only six selections from the first round remain uninked after Tyson Alualu reportedly agreed to terms with the Jags .

Jermain Gresham, Dan Williams and Jerry Hughes will all likely get signed pretty quickly. Count Seattle's sixth overall selection as one of those that may take a while to get on board -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday that the two sides are "not even close."
Per a league source, Okung and the Seahawks are "not even close" on a deal for the sixth overall pick in the draft. Now, it would SEEM easy to lock Okung in. After all, in theory, Seattle could just find a number that's somewhere between the deals given to Eric Berry (5th overall) and Joe Haden (7th), right?

One big problem is that Okung is prospective franchise tackle, which makes him substantially more valuable than Berry or Haden (in theory). Particularly for a team that just lost Walter Jones.

Additionally, it's almost certain that Okung is staring up at Trent Williams' deal with the Redskins and wondering just how close he can get to matching that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:11 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Where will Carroll lead Seattle?

Seattle has been the supposed landing places of a few high-end free agents this offseason. And why not? Head coach Pete Carroll hasn’t been shy about adding new players and subtracting the ones he hasn’t wanted (even if they played for him at USC). First, Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was heading to the northwest. That didn’t happen. Now, the Seahawks apparently are interested in obtaining the services of San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Even if Seattle doesn’t pull in another top-notch free agent before the season starts, never fear. Carroll seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Or, at the very least, what he wants.

As we discussed here , Carroll’s roster hasn’t been a safe haven for anybody in the Seattle locker room. Since he took the job in January, he’s acquired 60 players, and of the 80 players heading to training camp, 44 of them weren’t on the roster pre-Carroll. I’m always wary of a team which gives its coach the absolute final say over the personnel that plays for him, but apparently, Seattle thinks it’s a good idea. And Carroll hasn't been shy about using his power.

But just because there’s been significant turnover, that doesn’t mean this year's Seattle squad will make anyone forget about its 2009 debacle (the 5-11 record, the firing of then-coach Jim Mora after only one season). Aging veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled, the top running back Julius Jones was unimpressive, and the offense never found an effective No. 1 receiver (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team leader in receptions, is not meant to be a No. 1 guy).
Pete Carroll, right, jogging with L. Tatupu (Associated Press)
The defense was abysmal as well, allowing 24.4 points and 356.4 yards per game. The Seahawks couldn’t stop the pass, probably because they couldn’t figure out a way to rush the opposing quarterback.

Seattle isn’t that far removed from playoff runs from 2003-2007 and a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2005 season. But it feels like forever ago, doesn’t it?

So, what will change? Obviously, Carroll, who was slightly better than a .500 coach in his previous dalliances in the NFL but who’s coming off so much success at USC, feels like the roster needed to be remade. But you have to question some of his moves.

He brought in former USC RB LenDale White briefly before the team released him, and I don’t understand the love – and the big contract – for career backup QB Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t like the fact WR Nate Burleson and the top-three pass rushers from last year are gone. In fact, I thought it was unfair Mora got the boot after one season.

That said, I liked the Seahawks 2010 draft class. Carroll found a starting LT in Russell Okung who can replace Walter Jones, a FS in Earl Thomas that has good speed and cover skills, and a quick threat in WR Golden Tate,

Sure, a huge roster turnover doesn’t usually mean a team is poised for a breakthrough season, and people around the league don’t seem to have high hopes for this year’s squad. Also consider the offensive system, which will rely on making formation shifts to confuse the defense, is going through a wholesale change. But get the new guys some seasoning, maybe get Whitehurst some playing time, maybe have second-day draft picks like TE Anthony McCoy and CB Walter Thurmond surprise some people, and maybe, the Seahawks can be a threat in the next few years. Maybe Carroll can replicate his success from USC in Seattle. Maybe.

--Josh Katzowitz

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