Okung, Turner deal is official with new 2020 league year

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:37 PM EST

The Carolina Panthers have officially acquired offensive tackle Russell Okung. In exchange, the Los Angeles Chargers have acquired offensive guard Trai Turner.

Okung has spent the last three seasons with the Chargers. With this trade, he’ll be reunited with Pat Meyer, his offensive line coach, who coached him in Los Angeles.

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In the off-season, Meyer joined the Panthers coach staff led by first-year head coach Matt Rhule.

“Russell is tough, athletic, long with really good speed,” Meyer said. “He has a ton of football intelligence. He studies the game year-round, and I bet you that he’s watching tape right now of defensive linemen. He’s someone that you really want in your team room because the younger guys listen to him.

“He is a leader by example by taking guys aside and talking to them and working on their game. It hits home when it’s coming from a Pro Bowler like that.”

The 31-year-old won a Super Bowl Championship with the Seattle Seahawks. He is also a two-time Pro Bowler.

Besides playing for the Seahawks and the Chargers, he also spent one season with the Denver Broncos.

The 26-year-old spent his entire career with the Panthers before this trade. Turner is a five-time Pro Bowler.

He has been on very Pro Bowl roster since the 2015 season.

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