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Brian Orakpo | Linebacker

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 257
College: Texas
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ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim doesn't expect the team to put forth much of an effort to re-sign impending free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.
Team brass was reportedly split on bringing Orakpo back last offseason. The Redskins used the franchise tag on him, and Orakpo registered a half-sack before landing on I.R. with a torn pectoral after Week 7. It was the third time he's torn his pec in his career. Orakpo is Evan Silva's No. 5 free agent edge rusher available behind Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Greg Hardy. Jan 18 - 11:27 AM

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Redskins placed OLB Brian Orakpo on injured reserve with a torn right pectoral, ending his season.

OLB Everette Brown has been signed in a corresponding roster move. The torn pec is the third of Orakpo's career, though the first two were to his left side. Either way, it's an ominous way for the 28-year-old pass rusher to head into free agency. Orakpo will be an unrestricted free agent after playing under the franchise tag this season. He'll have missed 24 of his past 48 games once the season is through. It's quite possible 'Rak has played his final down for the Redskins.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo has been diagnosed with a torn right pectoral and is out for the season.

He'll undergo surgery, and be replaced in the starting lineup by Trent Murphy. It's the third torn pectoral of Orakpo's career, although the first two were on his left side. Yet once again, a terrible Redskins defense in desperate need of playmakers is robbed of one. Orakpo had 12 quarterback hurries, six hits and one sack through seven games, also playing strong run defense. He'll enter free agency this spring as a high-risk, high-reward asset. Orakpo was on a one-year, $11.45 million franchise tender this season.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:23:00 PM

The Redskins fear OLB Brian Orakpo sustained a partially torn right pectoral in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Orakpo is going for an MRI Monday. Note that he tore his left pectoral in the 2011 regular season finale and then reinjured it in Week 2 of the 2012 season. Orakpo is playing on a one-year, $11.45M franchise tag.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 06:34:00 PM

Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo injured his pectoral in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Orakpo is headed for a Monday MRI. It's a major concern for a player who has a history of pec issues. Per ESPN's John Keim, the team is worried Orakpo suffered a partial tear in his right pec.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 04:30:00 PM

Brian Orakpo was forced from Washington's Week 7 game against the Titans with a right shoulder injury.

Orakpo was originally deemed "questionable," but was ruled out late in the fourth quarter. Orakpo suffered a "stinger" in the first half. It's possible the issues are related. For now, he should be considered day to day. His status will be updated sometime in the next 24 hours.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 04:01:00 PM

The Washington Post believes the likelihood of contract-year OLB Brian Orakpo getting a big pay day from the Redskins is dwindling.

Orakpo, playing on the $11.455 million franchise tag, has just half a sack through five games, and has graded out as a bottom-11 pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker at Pro Football Focus. The Redskins could choose to allocate that money elsewhere in 2015 and pay OLB Ryan Kerrigan handsomely while developing second-round rookie Trent Murphy as Orakpo's heir.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo was forced from Monday night's Week 5 game against Seattle with an ankle injury.

He's officially questionable to return. Orakpo has battled hand injuries early this season and has just a half-sack. Second-round rookie Trent Murphy replaced Orakpo in the lineup opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 08:56:00 PM

Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo will play with a hard cast on his left hand in Week 4.

Orakpo dislocated his left middle finger in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, but testing revealed no fractures. The injury made it "impossible" for Orakpo to get in a three-point stance against the Eagles, and "difficult" to fight through blocks. It's possible he won't play his full complement of snaps in Thursday's game against the Giants.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Brian Orakpo (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 1.

Orakpo has been dealing with a low-ankle sprain since Washington's third preseason game. He practiced on a limited basis this week and is expected to play in Sunday's opener against Houston.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 02:18:00 PM

CSN Washington reports the Redskins and franchise player OLB Brian Orakpo are unlikely to agree to a long-term deal before Tuesday afternoon's deadline.

The two sides have until 4 PM ET. Orakpo and the Redskins were not close in their negotiations back in March, and not much progress has been made since. Orakpo will play out the season on his $11.455 million tender and can be tagged again next spring at $13.7 million. He's a legit threat for double-digit sacks.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 08:59:00 AM

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.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:55:00 AM

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.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 09:16:00 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.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 12:40:00 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.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 03:27:00 PM