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Redskins reportedly set to tag Orakpo if no deal signed by deadline

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The Redskins have been knocking around what to do about linebacker Brian Orakpo’s pending free agency since the end of the regular season and they face a big deadline on Monday afternoon.

Washington has to decide whether or not to use their franchise tag on Orakpo by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, something that they were reportedly unsure about over the weekend. With push coming closer to shove, though, Ed Werder of ESPN reports that they have come to a decision.

Werder reports that the Redskins are prepared to use the tag on Orakpo Monday if they are unable to agree on a long-term contract by the deadline. Doing so would all but ensure Orakpo’s return since other teams would have to fork over two first-round picks to sign him away and would also buy more time to reach agreement on a multi-year deal that would be a better fit in the overall salary structure in Washington.

The franchise tag for linebackers is $11.455 million this year.

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  1. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 3, 2014 11:06 AM

    Wow.

  2. theboneski3 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:13 AM

    Good. He’s a homegrown talent that deserves to get paid. I’m sure a long-term deal will get done at some point, but we can’t risk losing him to another team. We have a TON of holes, but why create another one by letting Orakpo walk?

  3. partmachine says: Mar 3, 2014 11:14 AM

    This team does not know business. Or football.

  4. bigjdve says: Mar 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    While I do believe he deserves to be paid, that is way to much.

    While he is good, he isn’t great, and more to the point he has finished the last 3 seasons injured.
    He has played 1 maybe 2 complete seasons.

    His durability is a question.

  5. dlr4skins says: Mar 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    I would add a “games played” clause.

  6. rjth2012 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    The Redskins are smart to keep him but not very smart to allow it to get to this point. They really seem to do things backwards.
    What I mean is they don’t (for the most part) take care of their own first. They throw outrageous money at other team’s free agents which in many many cases have been bust or really on the down side of their careers.
    They were really doing poorly in the draft for years but have improved somewhat but then they give away the farm (critical draft picks for acouple of years) for Griffin…
    Now this draft is loaded and they are on the sidelines watching.

  7. skinsrock says: Mar 3, 2014 11:31 AM

    Have to… We already have enough pieces to replace/improve including 2 ILB’s if Perry Riley were to leave via free agency. You don’t want to start next season with 3 out of 4 new LB’s… I think it’s imperative to sign Riley too… Who else you going to pay? Draft? He knows the defense & could be London Fletcher’s replacement, calling the defense… By tagging Orakpo, they guarantee 1 of those spots is filled & gives them leverage in trying to secure a long-term deal… Because, they could do it again next year if they wanted to.

  8. haileysbadoldad says: Mar 3, 2014 11:34 AM

    Orakpo is the most overrated player in the league. I find it funny we franchise him or pay him $10 million a season and Dallas is set to cut Ware. Ware’s two worst season are on par with Rak’s best. He’s too injury prone and his production doesn’t warrant a big contract. Not too mention he hasn’t sacked Romo in his career, and he plays him twice a season! Big mistake by my boys, and it happens to often

  9. rbrtjhns says: Mar 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    Actually the argument can be made that it’s better to have no first round pick in a deep draft than to not have one in a weak draft. Also, the free agent pool appears deep this year which can make bargains easier to find.

  10. jacktheraven says: Mar 3, 2014 11:41 AM

    He wants out. Now he’s stuck on a 3 win team for another year. Dammmm.

  11. fafaflunky says: Mar 3, 2014 11:42 AM

    tag him and hopefully the redskins get their first round picks back after drafting that bust griffin..from diehard redskins fan..

  12. craniator says: Mar 3, 2014 11:45 AM

    Instead of taking the tack that “the team’s management sucks.” (it’s amazing how many folks who comment here seem to think they know how to run an NFL team) , I’ll just say that I think Orakpo is a great player who should be re signed by any jeans necessary.

  13. alphaq2 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    If the team franchises Rak is it set in stone that his cap hit this year will be the $11.5 mil or can they franchise him and still work on a long term deal before the season starts where the long term contract is what counts against the cap?

  14. leevi98 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:59 AM

    *********rjth2012 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    The Redskins are smart to keep him but not very smart to allow it to get to this point. They really seem to do things backwards.
    What I mean is they don’t (for the most part) take care of their own first. They throw outrageous money at other team’s free agents which in many many cases have been bust or really on the down side of their careers.
    They were really doing poorly in the draft for years but have improved somewhat but then they give away the farm (critical draft picks for acouple of years) for Griffin…
    Now this draft is loaded and they are on the sidelines watching.************

  15. jamaltimore says: Mar 3, 2014 12:04 PM

    Rack is one of the last pieces of the great Vinny Cerrato run in DC. It’s not just tagging an underperforming player but the skins are keeping alive a great era of their storied history! Long Live the Cerrato Years!

  16. brettfavresmidget says: Mar 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    Will he be in attendance at the pancake social?

  17. toonloonboon says: Mar 3, 2014 12:09 PM

    craniator says:
    Mar 3, 2014 11:45 AM
    I’ll just say that I think Orakpo is a great player who should be re signed by any jeans necessary.

    ——

    how about sassoon? im partial to levi boot cut.

  18. hendawg21 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:11 PM

    Yes Orakpo should bet paid, however, he’s got a foolish belief he should be paid more than he’s truly worth and for that I say let him walk, overpaying him and taking money that can be spent to bring in more talent is not the way to go. And if he were a true team player he’d realize his true worth and want the team to have money to bring in more talent to help win…

  19. riggo08 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:13 PM

    Please tag him or sign him to a long term deal. He will play less than 10 games and take up a good chunk of cap. Sincerely the fans of Dallas, NY and Philly.

  20. leevi98 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:16 PM

    i want to add What they gave up for Griffin isn’t as bad as you say for Griffin. The Swapped first round picks with Rams..Gave last years 1 and this years 1. Now I don’t know what your value is for a franchise qb but in the Skins situation, positions of need are found in rounds 2 through 5 and keep in mind they might not have the 1 for this year (last year of the trade btw) they still have the 2nd pick on and those are 2 pick in each round..HELLO!

  21. navis97 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:17 PM

    jacktheraven says:
    Mar 3, 2014 11:41 AM
    He wants out. Now he’s stuck on a 3 win team for another year. Dammmm.

    ————————————–

    Maybe he’s looking for Flacco money. I’m sure he can play QB better than that waste.

  22. r8rsfan says: Mar 3, 2014 12:22 PM

    Haven’t paid particular attention to his health, but sounds like the defensive version of McFadden. Great when healthy but never healthy for very long. Dependability has to factor in somewhere.

  23. leevi98 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:22 PM

    *********rjth2012 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    The Redskins are smart to keep him but not very smart to allow it to get to this point. They really seem to do things backwards.
    What I mean is they don’t (for the most part) take care of their own first. They throw outrageous money at other team’s free agents which in many many cases have been bust or really on the down side of their careers.
    They were really doing poorly in the draft for years but have improved somewhat but then they give away the farm (critical draft picks for acouple of years) for Griffin…
    Now this draft is loaded and they are on the sidelines watching.************

    Whats wrong with waiting till they got the final salry cap number before making your decision? Id say they are being smart. And they have had great draft picks over the last 4 years… They have not thrown money at aging vets in FA since 2003 so catch up to current events.

    So I strongly disagree with all your points.

    i want to add What they gave up for Griffin isn’t as bad as you say for Griffin. The Swapped first round picks with Rams..Gave last years 1 and this years 1. Now I don’t know what your value is for a franchise qb but in the Skins situation, positions of need are found in rounds 2 through 5 and keep in mind they might not have the 1 for this year (last year of the trade btw) they still have the 2nd pick on and those are 2 pick in each round..HELLO!

  24. wvupsc says: Mar 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    All players want more than what they are worth. I would too. What all players want is a long term deal with lots of guaranteed money. He had leverage until he forced them to tag him. Now he will get the one year money, which is a nice haul. But, he lost some of the leverage for getting a long term deal. If he passes on a long term deal now, he risks injury or having a sub-par season. Rak is on the fence when it comes to being a great player and he has been injury prone. A sub-par season or injury this year will put him in a lesser bargaining position next year. If he sticks with the one year deal, he will have to produce a stellar season to get the pay day he realy wants….and the Skins know that. Rak is assuming the risk here. So, I look for him to do a long term deal with Allen soon.

  25. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    haileysbadoldad says:
    Mar 3, 2014 11:34 AM

    Orakpo is the most overrated player in the league. I find it funny we franchise him or pay him $10 million a season and Dallas is set to cut Ware. Ware’s two worst season are on par with Rak’s best. He’s too injury prone and his production doesn’t warrant a big contract. Not too mention he hasn’t sacked Romo in his career, and he plays him twice a season! Big mistake by my boys, and it happens to often

    —————–

    Dallas cutting Ware has nothing to do with his value. They’re so far over the cap, and have so much dead money, that there is literally no mathematical way to keep Ware and get under the cap.

    As for Orakpo, four (near) complete seasons, three Pro Bowls. Let’s give the guy some credit — this is the kind of player you hope to get with a mid-first round pick.

  26. raiderapologist says: Mar 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    alphaq2 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    If the team franchises Rak is it set in stone that his cap hit this year will be the $11.5 mil or can they franchise him and still work on a long term deal before the season starts where the long term contract is what counts against the cap?
    ———-
    His tag counts against the cap unless/until they work out a contract.

  27. swhughes81 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:02 PM

    The Washington Football team…LOL The REDSKINS need to keep him, he is a heck of a player and get rid of the overated no team in I players like RG3. Id rather keep Grossman than him. At least he has been to a superbowl.

  28. jackburton77 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:05 PM

    If they work out a deal Rak is not a mercenary.

    If they don’t..he is. Simple as that.

    I’m sure he’s a little pissed though because he isn’t being tagged as a lineman, which brings approximately 2 million more his way.

  29. koolrepetoire says: Mar 3, 2014 1:11 PM

    “Yeah baby yeah!”-Austin Powers. Btw, the Redskins related threads have the most trolls on this site. Why do they think we true Redskins fans care about how they feel about RG3, the team name, the money spent none of them have, & who should be kept or let go. Brian Orakpo has earned his money the hard way, the man tore his pec twice & came back strong, the true discussion had to be with Rak due for a long term contract ummmm what about Kerrigan next year? Do you designate $20 million a year to your bookends & lock them up for the next 5 or so years? Or keep 1 and let 1 go to groom Brandon Jenkins? Not 1 journalist mentioned this. Kerrigan has also earned his money too.

  30. aprilwalker2013 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    Gotta keep him! Doesn’t matter if he’s elite, great, very good, or whatever..he’s best we got.. Can’t make another hole when we already have so many!! HTTR

  31. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:22 PM

    Look guys I know that most of you hate the Redskins and all but some of your comments are just plain stupid and your knowledge about this team is out dated to minimal! for instance

    Sign him he will play less than 10 games,sincerley Dallas,NY Giants and Philly

    Really??? Dallas needs to fix that 32nd ranked defense,NY Giants O line has more holes in it than a flour sifter.Cant say anything about Philly……

    Example #2
    This draft is loaded and the Redskins will be on the sidelines watching……When did the draft stop after the 1st round???……Seahawks got good players in the 5th round,Skins got Alfred Morris in the 6th round Eagles got Desean Jackson in the 2nd round,49ers got Frank Gore in the 3rd round and there are many post 1st round guys that are good So I ask you……How are the Redskins on the sidelines in this draft?????

  32. sidepull says: Mar 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    Let him test the market. Hes not getting that asking price anywhere. I personally like Rob Jackson and if rak goes so be it. There are some quality players out there we could have a shot at signing for that kind of money. Not one but maybe up to three players to fill some awful holes we have on the D.
    I can tell you this; nobody is giving two firsts for a part time LB. Thats a joke right? Ha Ha.

  33. worknman24hours says: Mar 3, 2014 1:33 PM

    Offer Orakpo 7 mill for a full season split up for each game he plays or let him walk.

    As others here have said, he’s injury prone.

    Do not franchise him.

  34. skinfangray says: Mar 3, 2014 1:57 PM

    Hey, wait! Wasn’t there a “The Sky Is Falling” story about this yesterday? And wasn’t the message that Florio was trying to sell that the Skins were divided over whether to keep him or not? Kind of goes to show you that this National Enquirer site really has no clue as to what any of the teams they write about are doing.

    Rak was just tagged this afternoon. So, all of the posters that love to write about the team as if it were still operating under Vinny Cerrato can calm down now.

    My money says that at least a few more geniuses will post something about Dan Snyder signing other teams players, or the Skins not having any draft picks.

  35. baddegg says: Mar 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    partmachine says:
    Mar 3, 2014 11:14 AM
    This team does not know business. Or football.
    —————
    But some random poster on an Internet message board DOES.

  36. dlk47823 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:46 PM

    If Pats do tag Talib, (I’m guessing they will not) they will force big Vince to take a pay cut. Its the Patriot way.

  37. dlk47823 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:47 PM

    Badegg- me thinks you’re talking about yourself

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