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Okung confident Broncos made right choice signing him

Telling the media "I got the deal I wanted," Russell Okung couldn't be happier to be in Broncos Country.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

It's been a week full of mostly good news on the free agency front for the offense as the Broncos kept running back C.J. Anderson on board and added former Seahawks' left tackle Russell Okung to fortify the O-line.

With a potential quarterback in place via veteran Mark Sanchez, the Broncos appear to have their starters ready to go when offseason workouts start up next month, barring any last-minute deals for another quarterback or two.

Okung told the press yesterday that the possibly fluid QB situation does not worry him.

"They told me enough," Okung said of Broncos executives meeting with him. "They told me what I needed to hear. I have confidence to be a part of the team."

The one-time Pro Bowler definitely has confidence in his ability to contribute, and he's ready to bring it to the Broncos, a team he believes has a back-to-back championship run in its future.

"No cause for pause. They made a good decision in bringing me in," Okung said. "You make decisions like that, you're headed the right way."

John Elway and Co. certainly think so.

A starting left tackle for Seattle the last six years, Okung will bring experience in the zone blocking scheme as well as solid power in run blocking.

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"I've got a really good understanding for what the zone scheme is, and I think I can do whatever they ask of me," Okung said, noting he's been playing the ZBS since he was a rookie. "I have a good understanding of running the ball as well as getting back in the drop back and passing as well, too. Whatever they ask me to do, I'll be ready to do it full speed."

Bringing in Okung increased speculation that the Broncos will trade left tackle Ryan Clady, a four-time Pro Bowler who has been injury prone and hasn't played since the 2014 season.

Okung noted that the Broncos had "a hole there" at left tackle in 2015, and he can fix that.

[Miller and Ware] will go down as some of the best Broncos to ever play. ...This is an opportunity for our group to get better and be the best offensive line in the league. -Russell Okung

"I can service that need," Okung said of the likely vacancy at left tackle. "I do have that confidence because I have great support around me. I'm going to be playing with a really good offensive line, too. If I can complement that, I'm ready to go."

At this point, the "guys around him" on the line will likely be recently acquired right tackle Donald Stephenson along with guards Max Garcia and Ty Sambrailo lining up on either side of center Matt Paradis.

Okung, who suffered a shoulder injury during the NFC Championship Game against the Panthers, expects to be full-go by May/June when mini-camps start up.

And he knows he'll need to be fully rehabbed by then since he'll be facing the Super Bowl-winning defense every single day.

But it's not like Okung isn't used to going up against world champion defenses every day in practice.

"I know they'll be coming at me, but I'll be coming at them as well," Okung said Thursday of his new teammates Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. "They're great players and they're going to go down in history as some of the best Broncos players to ever play. To me, this is an opportunity for our group to get better and to keep challenging ourselves to be the best offensive line in the league."

Horse Tracks

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49ers' O-line crystallizing with signing of left guard Zane Beadles - San Francisco 49ers Blog- ESPN
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Eric Weddle describes ugliness in San Diego: Chargers are 'dead to me' -
Eric Weddle seems pretty happy to be out of San Diego.

The Patriots are collecting former first-round picks at a ridiculous rate -
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