The Detroit Lions are still awaiting Russell Okung's decision. Okung has had many suitors during this free agency period, but the agent-less offensive tackle has taken his time in making his final decision. Here's where things stand as of Wednesday morning.
What teams are still in the mix?
The Lions, Seahawks, Giants and Steelers have all expressed interest in Okung. However, the Steelers signed former Bronco Ryan Harris to a two-year deal on Tuesday. This moves eliminates any real need for Okung in Pittsburgh, so cross them off the list.
Donald Penn, who also remains a free agent, has expressed his interest in returning to the Raiders, but Penn has recently visited the Giants. Oakland hasn't been reported to be in the mix for Okung, but if they lose out on Penn they may be late entry into the race. [UPDATE: Penn as reportedly agreed to return to the Raiders]
The Seahawks officially signed offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb on Tuesday, but that doesn't change their pursuit of Okung much. Webb actually played guard for the Raiders last season, and he may be viewed as more of a replacement for J.R. Sweezy, whom the Seahawks also lost to free agency this offseason.
As of now, the Seahawks, Giants and Lions are the main players in the mix. The Giants and Lions have reportedly put offers on the table for Okung.
UPDATE: Add the Broncos to the sweepstakes:
OT Russell Okung expected to visit Broncos, source says. Denver looking to bolster OL after losing Ryan Harris. Clady situation fluid too.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2016
How much is Okung asking for?
ProFootballTalk is reporting that Okung is asking for $11-13 million a year. As Mlive's Justin Rogers pointed out, that would place him among the highest paid tackles in the league:
Six OTs average more than $11M on contracts, 3 more than $12M. Only Trent Williams and franchised Cordy Glenn north of $13M annually.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) March 15, 2016
Who else is out there?
If things fall through with Okung, there aren't many options out there left. There is the aforementioned Penn, who is turning 33 next month. Penn seems likely to choose out of the Raiders and Giants, as those are the two teams that are courting him aggressively. There have been no rumors linking Penn to the Lions. [editor's note - Penn has now agreed to terms with the Raiders]
Kelvin Beachum, the other significant offensive tackle on the market, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This leaves the cupboard pretty bare beyond Okung and Penn.
What if the Lions miss out on both Okung and Penn?
Detroit could do worse than entering the season with Riley Reiff and Michael Ola as their starting offensive tackles, so I wouldn't expect the Lions to pluck a starting offensive tackle from the remaining free agency junk heap.
Even so, the Lions would be wise to select a tackle early in the 2016 draft. Reiff is set to become a free agent in 2017 and the Lions could use a contingency plan if Reiff's play does not warrant a new contract next year.