When Russell Okung signed his five-year, $53 million contract with the Denver Broncos last year, it was understood that it was essentially nothing more than a one-year contract.

There were absolutely no  no real guarantees in the deal, so it came as no surprise when the Broncos declined his 2017 option before $20.5 million in guaranteed money actually did kick into effect.

However, this development doesn’t mean Okung won’t be back with Denver in 2017.

According to James Palmer of NFL Network, the two sides are still talking about a possible return.

Okung was a serviceable player for the Broncos last year. The quality of his play isn’t why he was released. The Broncos simply didn’t want to pay the $20.5 million.

If they were to work out a deal with Okung during the free agency period, it would certainly give them one less headache to worry about heading into the 2017 season.

However, it stands to reason that Okung will want to test his worth in an otherwise uninspiring left tackle landscape. This year is particularly barren in both free agency and the upcoming draft in terms of overall talent and depth, so he could potentially earn more with another team that needs help up front.