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Ex-Seahawks 1st-round pick visits Steelers

| Sunday, March 13, 2016, 4:54 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (76) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis.

The Steelers may not be particularly interested in bringing back left tackle Kelvin Beachum, but they are in the market for a left tackle.

Russell Okung met with the Steelers on Sunday at the team's South Side practice facility. Ryan Harris reportedly will visit this week.

Okung played for the Seattle Seahawks, Harris for the Denver Broncos and Hairston for the San Diego Chargers. All are unrestricted free agents.

Okung, the No. 6 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, confirmed the visit through a social media picture of the Steelers' six Lombardi Trophies.

“No decisions yet, but this is beautiful,” Okung tweeted.

Okung already has visited Detroit and reportedly plans to visit Houston on Monday.

Okung played out the final year of his rookie deal last season that paid him more than $48 million over five years. He likely would be inserted into the starting lineup over Alejandro Villanueva if the sides come to terms.

Villanueva started the second half of last season for the injured Beachum.

Beachum, who tore his ACL in October, started for the Steelers for three seasons and transformed himself into a solid left tackle.

But with it uncertain whether Beachum will return (he already visited the Seahawks and New York Jets and is visiting Jacksonville on Monday), the Steelers are trying to solidify the left tackle position that has only Villanueva and Mike Adams, who missed the 2015 season because of a back injury.

According to the NFL Players Association, the Steelers are $3.7 million under the cap. The Steelers likely would have to restructure a contract in order to sign a free agent tackle.

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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