OT Russell Okung to sign with Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are signing offensive tackle Russell Okung to a four-year, $53 million deal with $25 million in guarantees, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Okung, 29, started all 16 games last season for the Denver Broncos. He spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks — starting 72 games — and made the Pro Bowl in 2012.

Okung is expected to help improve the league’s 26th-ranked rushing attack and protect quarterback Philip Rivers, who was sacked 36 times last season.

This is the first major free-agent signing under new head coach Anthony Lynn.  Okung also has ties to Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who held the same position in Seattle during three of the seasons Okung played for the Seahawks.

The Chargers released offensive lineman D.J. Fluker Tuesday, paving the way for the team to sign Okung. Los Angeles still has offensive tackle King Dunlap, who was arrested last month for allegedly violating a protective order. Dunlap started 12 games last season at left tackle.

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