The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have a backup plan, should they wind up losing left tackle Kelvin Beachum to another team during the free agency period.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers have offered a contract to free-agent left tackle Russell Okung on Sunday.
The former Seattle Seahawk has scheduled visits with the Steelers, along with the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. There have been reports that Beachum will visit Seattle, and his next visit is reported to be to Jacksonville on Monday.
Essentially the Steelers may wind up swapping one tackle for another, should Beachum and Okung switch sides.
Okung is a veteran blindside blocker that has played the length of his six-year career with the Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012, and was the starting left tackle in both Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl XLIX.
The 27-year-old is representing himself without an agent in contract talks and may have a tough time earning typical starting left tackle money, as he has never been healthy for an entire NFL season.
Despite his injury struggles in recent seasons, Okung was considered one of the better left tackles in the game only a couple of years ago.
He definitely seems eager to join a team with a storied history such as Pittsburgh.
No decisions yet but this is beautiful. pic.twitter.com/cP1b82aK8L— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) March 13, 2016
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