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The back-and-forth has been resolved in Washington.  The franchise tag will be applied to linebacker Brian Orakpo.

The team has announced that Orakpo has gotten the tag.  The annual window for doing so closes at 4:00 p.m. ET Monday.

Drafted as a defensive end in 2009 when the team used a 4-3 defense, Orakpo became a linebacker in 2010.  If the NFL’s Management Council applies the linebacker franchise tender, Orakpo and the NFLPA could argue that he’s actually a defensive end.

The gap isn’t gigantic; the linebacker tag for 2014 stands at $11.455 million.  Defensive ends get $13.116 million.

While that’s only $1.661 million, the difference becomes larger on a multi-year deal.

The Redskins will have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Orakpo.  Also, the tag can be rescinded at any time, unless Orakpo accepts it.

He becomes the fourth player tagged this year, joining Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, Jets kicker Nick Folk, and Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

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44 Responses to “Redskins tag Orakpo”
  1. chc4 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:42 PM

    I don’t know, that seems like a pretty big gap to me! I’m guessing his agent thinks so too.

  2. grantsbuds says: Mar 3, 2014 1:42 PM

    Hopefully SacPro can get away from Snyder sooner rather than later. (Sorry ‘skins fans.)

  3. abanig says: Mar 3, 2014 1:43 PM

    Good! This is what you do! You keep your best and most consistent player in 4 of the past seasons – the one you drafted and groomed – the only year he wasn’t their best defender was when he tore his pectoral muscle in 2012.

  4. Lev says: Mar 3, 2014 1:43 PM

    Only $1.66 million lol. The things us common folk could do with only $1,660,000

  5. phinfan86 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:46 PM

    well well well La Canfora, looks like you were wrong again.

  6. ahsinnyc says: Mar 3, 2014 1:47 PM

    Buying time before they reach agreement on a long-term deal.

  7. realnflmaster says: Mar 3, 2014 1:48 PM

    Wow. What a mistake!

  8. toonloonboon says: Mar 3, 2014 1:48 PM

    he hasnt played DE since 2009, so naturally he is deserving of The DE tag. #agents #playersassociation

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 3, 2014 1:49 PM

    This is why we are the standard of excellence in Pro Football. We generate the most reaction, hate us or love us. We are Football, we are the Washington REDSKINS. All those Eagles fans grasping, hoping he would join them? LOL. Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. We have SUPERBOWLS and banners. Not like Philadelphia who has NOTHING! #HTTR

  10. redbullenergydrink says: Mar 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    Poor guy. Give him a bigger contract. I’m sure he has a family to feed.

  11. koolrepetoire says: Mar 3, 2014 1:51 PM

    And that’s that, armchair GM’s.

  12. robataille says: Mar 3, 2014 1:52 PM

    Skins were smart in this move . You have to take care of your drafted talent instead of dumping money into free agents.

  13. urfinished says: Mar 3, 2014 1:52 PM

    With the new cap that really isn’t an awful deal. Prove his health is back and sign him long term later.

  14. partmachine says: Mar 3, 2014 1:57 PM

    Not this year Brian, stay healthy and maybe you’ll find a team next year. Good luck.

  15. baddegg says: Mar 3, 2014 1:59 PM

    “Drafted as a defensive end in 2009 when the team used a 4-3 defense, Orakpo became a linebacker in 2010. If the NFL’s Management Council applies the linebacker franchise tender, Orakpo and the NFLPA could argue that he’s actually a defensive end.”

    So, if I am drafted as a QB, then covert to WR and play there for 3 years, I should be franchised as a QB?

    How is his position even an issue?

    Honestly you guys reach hard to create “controversy” in every article about the Redskins.

  16. skinscc says: Mar 3, 2014 2:03 PM

    Is Jason LaCanfora ever right about anything?

  17. andyb02 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:04 PM

    It was a win/win for philly. They don’t tag him, the Eagles can pursue him in free agency. They do tag him, a terrible division opponent takes up half their cap space on one guy and limits their ability to compete in free agency.

  18. jackburton77 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:08 PM

    Merc

  19. justintuckrule says: Mar 3, 2014 2:13 PM

    See….Skins’ fans should be thanking us for stripping their cap space. Look at the dumb things they go doing with it once they have it.

  20. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Mar 3, 2014 2:15 PM

    Desean Jackson for Orakpo seems like a win win

  21. jbeagles23 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:22 PM

    Up and down that roster it’s hard to see them being successful at all in the next 5 to 7 years.

  22. koolrepetoire says: Mar 3, 2014 2:33 PM

    And the Giants are doing what? JPP is a bust, Tuck is washed up. Eli is a turnover machine, all those CB’s drafted are busts, the WR’s are busts. Cruz was undrafted and beat them all out. Every RB drafted since Jacobs is a major bust. Hush man. Despite the 36 million stolen we still won the NFC East an field more talent. Eagles fans talking win-win? LOL. How’s that Trent Cole experiment at OLB going? We still yave $20 million to spend on March 11th. We still can sign him to a cap friendly long term deal you know?

  23. urfinished says: Mar 3, 2014 2:33 PM

    Eagles fans excited after one good year are pretty hilarious. How many titles do you have again? Ohhh…that’s right zero…the same number you will have after the Chip Kelly era. Get a grip losers.

  24. boycord says: Mar 3, 2014 2:35 PM

    Great. i love this move. Overrated and now overpaid. He is not an elite pass rusher. Prior to 2013 he had what, two sacks vs. the NFC East? You know, the games that count. I fully support the DC Football Club keeping its 2013 stellar defense together.

    HTTDCFC

  25. weneedlinemen42 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:36 PM

    He was drafted as a strong side linebacker in the 4-3.

    He was only a part-time DE during his rookie year. Though, not at all surprisingly he got most of his sacks that year playing as an end.

    The fact that he was drafted to play strong-side LB in a 4-3 was a classic Cerrato move.

    We were looking for a linebacker. The draft class had several college linebackers who could have justified a first round pick. Instead of selecting one of the USC guys he went for Brian Orakpo, a defensive end.

    He has been designated as an OLB his entire career.

  26. kev86 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:38 PM

    Skins are a mess. Must be brutal to be a fan of the maroon and yellow.

  27. wnbasuperfan says: Mar 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    Not sure if it was intentionally ironic, but “The back-and-forth has been resolved in Washington” is a clever opening line nonetheless given the state of our damn government.

  28. justintuckrule says: Mar 3, 2014 3:09 PM

    @koolrepetoire – Each and every Giant “bust” you mention has a ring.

  29. justintuckrule says: Mar 3, 2014 3:12 PM

    Giving the Skins cap space is like giving a 16 yr old $300,000 to buy a lamborghini after she just totaled her ferrari.

  30. jgedgar70 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:26 PM

    But what do the Geico cave men think of this move??????????

  31. tjacks7 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:46 PM

    “It’s only $1.661 million less” said no NFL player ever.

  32. tjacks7 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:50 PM

    “Drafted as a defensive end in 2009 when the team used a 4-3 defense, Orakpo became a linebacker in 2010. If the NFL’s Management Council applies the linebacker franchise tender, Orakpo and the NFLPA could argue that he’s actually a defensive end.”

    I saw him throw a football at training camp in 2010. He should be tagged as a QB!

  33. hendawg21 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:53 PM

    skinscc says:
    Mar 3, 2014 2:03 PM
    Is Jason LaCanfora ever right about anything?
    ___________________________________

    And this is why he also stunk at reporting while with the Washington Post they have terrible sports writers! How he’s managed to move up while always being wrong truly amazes me…

  34. officialgame says: Mar 3, 2014 4:04 PM

    Yes Skin fans, you do keep your own. By signing them to long term CAP friendly deals before the become eligible for free agency not by tagging them. Hail to the Snyder.

  35. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 3, 2014 4:18 PM

    Washington fans can’t complain about anything as long as they have a RACIST name!!!!

  36. alphaq2 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:33 PM

    He was signed to the Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag. Teams will be able to make offers to him as of March 11 and the Redskins can either match the offer or let him go for two first round draft picks. My bet is they will work out a long term deal much more cap friendly than 11.455 mil.

  37. JSpicoli says: Mar 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    Booooooooooo

    –OAK

  38. delakern says: Mar 3, 2014 5:08 PM

    Redskins 2 playoff wins since 93. 20 years of excellence HTTR what a joke.

  39. aceakking says: Mar 3, 2014 5:36 PM

    Stop the hate against Native Americans!

  40. koolrepetoire says: Mar 3, 2014 6:08 PM

    Giants fans welcome to living in the past. Let’s see Mara build a SB wining team again.

  41. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    The Redskin fans talking about Super Bowls were probably not even born. It was 1991!!! LOL

  42. koolrepetoire says: Mar 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    The LOL is Giants trolls coming on Redskins threads talking about SB wins. Hush & go back to those boring threads yaw have.

  43. rmcnulty234 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:01 PM

    My wife went to Langley High School with Bruce Allen while his dad was coach of the Redskins. He was dumb and a idiot back in the 70′s…apparently he has not changed

  44. cwk22 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:00 PM

    Logicalvoices, it is good to see you back. We have missed you delusional comments!

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