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.