Report: Russell Okung ‘high’ on Lions after visit

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
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Even after a visit with the Lions on Saturday, Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is still a free agent.

According to an NFL Network report, Okung is going to Pittsburgh for a visit with the Steelers, though he is “high” on the Lions.

Okung, 28, reportedly visited the Giants on Friday before coming to Detroit. The NFL Network report also said the 49ers, as well as Giants and Seahawks, are still in the mix to sign Okung, who is representing himself without an agent in negotiations.

The Lions would like to upgrade their offensive tackle position after some issues the past couple seasons. Quarterback Matthew Stafford took a career-high 45 sacks in 2014, followed by 44 in 2015.

The sixth overall pick in 2010, Okung has been the Seahawks’ starting left tackle the past seven years, though he’s dealt with injuries over the course of his career. He’s averaged 12 games per season, including 13 in 2015, and he suffered a dislocated shoulder in Seattle’s postseason loss to the Panthers.

If Okung joined the Lions, Riley Reiff presumably would switch positions, likely moving to right tackle, but there could be a competition in training camp. Besides Reiff, the starting left tackle in 47 games the past three years, the Lions have tackles Michael Ola, Lamar Holmes, Cornelius Lucas, Corey Robinson and Tyrus Thompson on the roster.

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