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Brian Orakpo | Linebacker

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 257
College: Texas
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The new Redskins coaching staff is expected to allow Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to rush the quarterback more often this season.
Jim Haslett remains the Redskins' defensive coordinator, but new head coach Jay Gruden is preaching aggression defensively. Orakpo racked up 10 sacks last year despite rushing the passer just 363 times, 16th-most in the league among 3-4 outside linebackers. This year, he should get at least 100 more chances to attack the quarterback. CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir is projecting 14-16 sacks. Apr 14 - 10:55 AM

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Redskins signed OLB Brian Orakpo to his one-year, $11.455 million franchise tender.

In some cases, franchise players hold off on signing the tender as a statement or as a precursor to a holdout. Orakpo isn't messing around and sitting out the offseason program. Coach Jay Gruden already hinted that he wants to see his best defender improve on the field before signing him to a mammoth long-term deal, and Orakpo has said he has no problem with that. Still just 27 years old, he projects as one of the most coveted free agents that will hit the market in 2015. Gruden insists he is going to unleash Orakpo on quarterbacks.
Mar 27 - 9:16 AM

Coach Jay Gruden hinted that the Redskins will not work out a long-term deal with franchise player Brian Orakpo prior to the season.

Gruden wants Orakpo highly motivated and eager to earn a blockbuster contract. "I wouldn't mind letting him play out this franchise tag and see what happens," Gruden said. "He's a talented player. I think he can do a little better, we can ask more of him to where he could be more productive." This sentiment is unlikely to sit well with Orakpo, who would be among the hottest commodities in the league if he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 26 - 12:40 PM

Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo expressed no displeasure with his franchise tag on Monday, and hopes to sign a long-term deal with Washington.

"Hopefully we can get something done as far as long-term, but at least this is a step moving forward and not backward," said Orakpo, who's owed $11.455 million via the tag. "I want something that can work out for the both of us and this was that one step moving forward, and I’m happy to continue hopefully being a part of the Redskins." The Redskins could significantly reduce Orakpo's $11.455 million charge via a long-term extension. That'll be the goal.
Mar 3 - 3:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Brian Orakpo has "no plans" to sign his franchise tender, and it "may be a while."

The team was aware of this "risk" when it tagged him. Orakpo doesn't need to sign the tag to negotiate a long-term deal with Washington, which surely would be GM Bruce Allen's preference. Orakpo is free to skip pre-training camp activities as long as he's not signed. The Skins retained DC Jim Haslett's system, so missing OTAs would be of no concern for Orakpo's performance.
Mar 3 - 2:07 PM

Redskins assigned the franchise tag to OLB Brian Orakpo.

It's the non-exclusive tag. The OLB tag is worth $11.455 million. Orakpo becomes the fourth NFL player tagged, joining Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Panthers DE Greg Hardy, and Jets K Nick Folk. We were surprised to see a groundswell of support among "Skins fans" for letting Orakpo walk when he's going-away their most valuable player on defense. Although Orakpo has yet to truly realize his immense potential, he's a 27-year-old edge presence who fills hard against the run and recorded ten sacks last season. Refusing to let Orakpo hit the market was a no-brainer move by GM Bruce Allen. The Skins can now use the rest of the offseason to build around their standout OLB duo of "Rak Attack" and Ryan Kerrigan.
Mar 3 - 1:28 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to keep a "close eye" on free agent Brian Orakpo's situation in D.C.

Some reports indicate the Redskins are prepared to tag Orakpo before today's 4PM ET deadline; others suggest they won't. If Orakpo does hit the market, McClure expects Atlanta to "at least check into the price of the talented pass-rusher with hopes of adding him." The Falcons are among the most pass-rush needy teams in football. If Orakpo were signed, DC Mike Nolan would very likely consider moving to a 3-4. Orakpo is a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 3 - 11:49 AM

Updating a previous item, ESPN's Ed Werder says the Redskins are prepared to use the franchise tag on OLB Brian Orakpo.

CBS' Jason La Canfora is hearing the exact opposite as he reported Monday morning that the Redskins are unlikely to use the tag. It's a game of poker. The two sides are working on a long-term deal and the tag is leverage GM Bruce Allen can hang over Orakpo's head. He wants his top pass rusher back, but only at the right price. The Redskins can't afford to overpay with so many holes on their roster.
Mar 3 - 10:31 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora says free agent OLB Brian Orakpo is unlikely to get the franchise tag before Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

Orakpo and the Redskins are not close to a long-term deal either. So as of right now, it looks like they'll let their top pass rusher hit the open market on March 11 and see what the market bears. Per La Canfora, a former Redskins beat writer, "Orakpo's health and erratic production have given them pause in the past." It's a sticky situation for the Redskins, who have holes all over the roster and are grappling with how much they can sink into one position.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 3 - 9:50 AM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have not yet decided whether to make the financial commitment necessary to keep free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

"There's a lot of back and forth on it," a person with knowledge of the situation said. "I don’t think it's clear cut." Per reporter Mark Maske, it's a "really close call" whether the Redskins will use the franchise tag on Orakpo before Monday's deadline. Orakpo is "held in high regard" by Washington, but "it wouldn’t be shocking" if he's allowed to reach free agency. The Redskins are also considering using the transition tag on Orakpo, which would give them the right to match any offer if he leaves.
Mar 1 - 9:07 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "would be very surprised" if free agent OLB Brian Orakpo didn't hit the open market.

Orakpo has yet to receive a contract offer from the Redskins and could look to maximize his value in free agency. The franchise tag remains an option, but Washington has multiple needs to address and may not want to tie up $11.46 million in Orakpo. If allowed to reach the open market, Orakpo could command a contract in excess of Paul Kruger's five-year, $41 million deal last offseason.
Mar 1 - 3:05 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have yet to officially offer free agent OLB Brian Orakpo a contract.

Talks on a long-term deal are ongoing, but the lack of an official offer could hint at a large gulf between the two sides. Washington still has the option to franchise tag Orakpo, but the deadline for tagging a player is fast approaching. It's becoming more and more likely Orakpo reaches the open market.
Mar 1 - 1:54 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim wouldn't rule out free agent OLB Brian Orakpo reaching the open market.

The Redskins have been in talks on a long-term deal with Orakpo and consider him a top priority, but he's "more than comfortable" testing free agency in order to get the contract he wants. The franchise tag is also a strong option for Orakpo, which would pay him roughly $11 million. Washington is currently $29.67 million under the 2014 cap.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 28 - 5:53 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim considers the franchise tag a "strong option" for free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

Teams can start tagging players Monday and are able to do so until March 3. Orakpo is one of the top free agents on the market, checking in as our No. 1 outside linebacker available, and has been deemed a top priority to retain for the Redskins. The two sides have begun long-term contract talks, but the franchise tag could buy additional time if a deal can't be reached in two weeks.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 9:07 AM

GM Bruce Allen said the Redskins have begun contract talks with free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

The Redskins will stick with the 3-4 in the Jay Gruden era, and there aren't many better edge players for the scheme than Orakpo. He's piled up 39.5 sacks in 64 career games, and is coming off a career year that saw Orakpo grade out as a top-four 3-4 OLB according to PFF. Allen has also opened talks with ILB Perry Riley and DB DeAngelo Hall, but re-signing 27-year-old Orakpo is the top priority. Last year's top free agent outside linebacker, Paul Kruger, landed a five-year, $41 million deal with the Browns.
Feb 5 - 8:06 AM

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