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Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung: The value speaks for itself

In the coming weeks, the majority of teams in the NFL will be looking for offensive line upgrades.

Russell Okung is well aware of this, and the Seattle Seahawks left tackle is preparing to represent himself in free agency.

"Not nervous about it at all," Okung said during an interview on the Danny, Dave and Moore show on 710 ESPN Seattle. "I’m well-studied. I’ve prepared. And I think the value speaks for itself. I think there’s a necessity in my position league-wide, and we’ll just have to see where it goes. Really excited about the opportunity though."

Okung confirmed that he underwent left shoulder surgery and is facing a four-month recovery period. He suffered the injury in the Seahawks' divisional round loss to the Carolina Panthers.

"It was something that I didn’t have to do, but decided to do just to mitigate any risks going forward," he said.

In the last year, Okung has explained on several occasions why he's going into the free-agency process without an agent. And it's a good time to be testing the market. As ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert explained this week, with the salary cap going up, teams will have around $1 billion to spend league-wide.

Organizations may have different evaluations of Okung's performance, but the bottom line is that he's a proven starter at a position of need and is only 28 years old. In other words, there will almost certainly be a market.

"The traditional route isn’t always necessarily the right route," Okung said. "If you’re smart enough, you can do it. I think about a lot of the rookies coming in that will be drafted. What leverage can an agent really offer you? So I have my own reasoning. Whether people agree with it or not, it’s not really my issue, but it is something I am excited to do. So I’m doing it, and hopefully it serves as an example of what guys can do moving forward."