After two days of defense, the Giants are expected to think about their offense a little bit on Friday. In particular, their offensive line.
NFL Network reported that free-agent tackle Russell Okung, who spent his first six seasons with the Seahawks, is scheduled to visit the Giants on Friday. He reportedly also has the Lions on his dance card, but he’ll be visiting the Giants first. The Seahawks also are thought to be keen on having him return, so the whole thing might just be a bluff to go back to Seattle.
Assuming it is not, Okung is one of the more intriguing free agents, not only because he is representing himself without an agent but because he is coming off recent surgery to repair a left shoulder dislocation suffered in a playoff loss to the Panthers in January. There were reports that he informed all 32 teams last month that he will be ready to be on the field by June.
He has never played a full 16-game season, missing 24 games during his six seasons with various injuries. That said, the physical will be the most important part of Okung’s potential meeting with the Giants. If healthy, he would be a strong addition to the offensive line. He was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft, a key to the Seahawks’ two recent Super Bowl appearances and a Pro Bowler in 2012.
But where might he play? The Giants seem committed to Ereck Flowers at left tackle after a decent rookie season at the position, and that’s the position Okung has played throughout his NFL career. The Giants can’t very well have two left tackles, so one of them would have to move to the right side. Perhaps they can flip a coin.
A lot has to happen before that takes place, however, including the Giants being satisfied about Okung’s physical wellness. Last year they entertained veteran offensive lineman Jake Long in free agency and again during the summer, only to pass on him because of his physical status. Okung is a bit different. He’s younger — just 28 — and could be a missing piece on a line that would include three first-round picks and a second-rounder.
It’s an enticing option. And it might be up to the Giants as to whether they pursue it fully.