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3 Most Likely Russell Okung Free-Agent Destinations Following 2021 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three most likely Russell Okung free-agent destinations following the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three most likely Russell Okung free-agent destinations following the 2021 NFL Draft. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Now that the 2021 NFL Draft is in the past, teams are turning their attention back to free agency. With roster holes to fill and talented free agents sitting around, it probably won't be that long before we see some of the more prominent names being signed.

One player who could find his new home soon is former Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung. The 32-year-old is coming off of a season that saw him play just seven games due to injury troubles. Still, in the games that he did play in, Okung posted a 73.0 overall ProFootballFocus grade while allowing 3 sacks on 406 offensive snaps.

Due to his injuries last season, Okung could wind up being a cheap option for teams to improve their o-line. Keeping that in mind, here are three teams that he is likely to sign with.

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3. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears released left tackle Charles Leno Jr. on Monday to save cap space, which also means they have a new hole to fill. Enter Okung. Fewer destinations make as much sense for him as Chicago. For starters, Okung would have the opportunity to earn a starting role with the team. If the Bears do end up wanting to have Teven Jenkins play tackle over guard, they can use Okung as a way to ease him in until they're sure he can handle the responsibility.

2. Indianapolis Colts

As soon as tackle Anthony Castonzo retired after the 2020 season, the Indianapolis Colts needed to find his replacement. Fans and experts thought they would do that with one of their earlier draft picks, but that theory never came to fruition. If the Colts want to continue having one of the best o-lines in the NFL, Okung could be an option. He's a two-time Pro-Bowler, so the talent is there. Okung just needs to prove that his injuries are a thing of the past, first and foremost.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Being a team with cap space issues, the Pittsburgh Steelers could use an affordable tackle option like Okung. Yes, they did draft Texas A&M's Dan Moore in the fourth round last week and they already have Zach Banner and Chuks Okorafor. However, the latter two have only 21 starts between them. If the Steelers want to be AFC contenders again, they might need someone with more experience like Okung. He's won a Super Bowl in the past, so he could definitely help mentor the younger offensive linemen. Assuming he knows he won't get a large contract just yet, the Steelers should jump all over Okung.

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