Chargers And Panthers Agree To Swap Of Offensive Linemen From Pro Bowl

Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers will be exchanging offensive linemen from Pro Bowl, with Trai Turner migrating to the west coast and Russell Okung in the opposite direction, sources from the league told ESPN.

Turner, a guard who has been elected to five consecutive Pro Bowls, is signed until the 2021 season and is scheduled to collect base salaries of 8.5 million and 11 million dollars in the following two campaigns, respectively.

Turner, however, wants a new contract, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


The exchange cannot be formalized until 4 p.m. March 18, start of the new year of the league.

Okung, twice selected to the Pro Bowl as left tackle, has a remaining contract year, and is scheduled to receive a base salary of $ 13 million.

Turner, who turns 26 on June 14, has started 80 of the 84 games in which he has appeared for the Panthers since Carolina selected him in the third round of the 2014 Draft.

Okung, who turned 32 in October, was elected sixth overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 Draft. He joined the Chargers as a free agent in 2017 and spent the last three years with them.

Okung started last season on the list of reserves / diseases unrelated to American football due to a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots during the seasonal recess. It was activated at the end of October. He has started the 124 games he has played in his NFL career.

The move reunites Okung with his former offensive line coach with the Chargers, Pat Meyer.