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Brian Orakpo | Linebacker

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 257
College: Texas
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Titans signed OLB Brian Orakpo to a four-year, $32 million contract with $13.5 million guaranteed.
It's one of the best moves Tennessee has made after signing spare part WR Harry Douglas and sitting out the DeMarco Murray sweepstakes. Orakpo couldn't have expected a better deal than this coming off an injury-shortened 2014 campaign and a wholly injury-marred career. He managed 0.5 sacks in seven games last season. Orakpo was supposed to visit Arizona but never left Tennessee. Having addressed one half of their edge-rushing need, the Titans are still hoping to re-sign Derrick Morgan. Mar 13 - 8:04 AM

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XTRA 910 Arizona reports free agent OLB Brian Orakpo will visit the Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Cardinals have already signed Corey Peters and LaMarr Woodley, but Orakpo would provide far more upside. Having suffered three separate pectoral tears, Orakpo is not a player teams will be comfortable signing without first conducting a rigorous physical.
Mar 10 - 11:53 PM

The Titans are hosting free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

Tennessee is believed to be battling the Redskins and Cardinals for Orakpo's services. All three teams run 3-4 defenses, fitting Orakpo's OLB profile.
Mar 10 - 7:32 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport calls the Cardinals the team to watch for free agent Brian Orakpo, and reports the Titans are "in the mix."

Per Rapsheet, the Redskins are also still on Orakpo's radar. The Titans are a new name. The Falcons were initially believed to be the frontrunner for Orakpo's services, but now appear to have fallen out altogether.
Source: on Twitter
Mar 10 - 1:10 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports that the Falcons are not the frontrunner for free agent Brian Orakpo, and that the sides aren't currently talking.

It contradicts a Monday report from NBC Washington. Per Robinson, the Colts, Cardinals and Redskins are currently Orakpo's three most likely landing places. It shouldn't take Orakpo long to sign after the official start of free agency Tuesday afternoon.
Mar 10 - 12:06 AM

NBC Washington reports the Falcons have emerged as the "frontrunner" to sign free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

New Falcons coach Dan Quinn may be eyeing Orakpo to play the "Leo" pass rusher role in his 4-3 under defense. Atlanta is also targeting Brooks Reed, whose strengths are versus the run and in pass coverage. The Falcons will have to hold off the Cardinals, Colts, and Redskins to land 28-year-old Orakpo.
Mar 9 - 2:10 PM

The Colts will reportedly try to talk with free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

Per Yahoo's Charles Robinson, Orakpo isn't a priority for the Colts and they'll hope to get with him "a few days into the week." It could be too late by then. The Cardinals, Jaguars, Falcons and Cowboys are among teams that are rumored to also have interest in the talented yet oft-injured pass-rusher.
Mar 8 - 5:15 PM

The Cardinals reportedly have interest in free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

Anyone in search of an edge defender should be interested in Orakpo. Although he's had recurring pectoral issues, he's right there with Jerry Hughes and Pernell McPhee in terms of available talent at the position. Expect a lot of bidding to go down over the next week on Orakpo, who had 40 sacks in 71 games for the Redskins and is still 28 years old.
Mar 8 - 3:45 PM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones says the "door remains open" for free agent Brian Orakpo to re-sign with the Redskins.

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reported Friday Orakpo will not be back with the Redskins, but Orakpo could conceivably return to Washington if he does not find what he is looking for on the open market. The safe money is still on Orakpo landing somewhere else this offseason. Orakpo is Rotoworld's No. 3 available edge defender.
Mar 7 - 11:59 AM

Free agent Brian Orakpo said he "wouldn't mind" playing for the Cowboys.

Orakpo, a Texas alum and native, expressed interest in playing for either Texas team. The question is whether the Cowboys will have the money to make a splashy signing. He'd give the Cowboys another pure pass-rusher to go with Demarcus Lawrence. Anthony Spencer and George Selvie are free agents.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 11:09 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports free agent Brian Orakpo "will not be back" with the Redskins.

It's a tough decision, but ultimately the right one. Orakpo can't stay healthy and has lost a ton of strength due to several arm tears, all but eliminating his patented bull rush. Assuming his tenure in D.C. is over, Orakpo will finish his Redskins career with 40 sacks across 71 appearances.
Mar 6 - 9:48 AM

The Jaguars are "very interested" in free agent Brian Orakpo.

The Jaguars have already been linked to top free agents Devin McCourty and DeMarco Murray. Jacksonville has the cap space to take on several big contracts. Orakpo could among those players, although the Jags won't be alone in their pursuit. The Falcons have expressed interest in Orakpo while the Redskins haven't given up on re-signing the three-time Pro Bowler.
Mar 3 - 9:02 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Falcons are interested in free agent Brian Orakpo.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Falcons connected to Orakpo. Atlanta was poised to make a run at Orakpo last offseason, but the Redskins ended up using the franchise tag on him. He'll hit the open market next week barring a late deal with the Redskins, who are said to be very interested in re-signing the 28-year-old. Despite a half-sack injury-shortened season, Orakpo will have suitors.
Mar 2 - 7:15 PM

Other teams are showing "significant interest" in free agent Brian Orakpo.

Despite ongoing negotiations with the Redskins, Orakpo is no lock to remain in Washington. Orakpo is probably thrilled to have other suitors because it helps drive up his price. Though ultimately we'd expect Orakpo to remain in the nation's capital, the Redskins may not get him at the discounted rate they were hoping for.
Mar 2 - 2:55 PM

NBC Washington reports that the Redskins won't franchise tag free agent Brian Orakpo for the second-consecutive season, but that "both sides" are working on a new deal.

Orakpo was never going to be tagged after tearing his pec for the third time last season. He mustered just half a sack across seven games. With Orakpo going on 29, the 'Skins will try to bring him back at a discount.
Mar 2 - 1:07 PM