So this morning, he took them up on it.
The Redskins announced that the pass-rusher had signed his one-year, $11.455 million deal, guaranteeing the amount for the season.
“We’d like to get him here for as many years as we can, but right now I wouldn’t mind letting him play out this franchise tag and see what happens,” coach Jay Gruden said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “He’s a talented player. I think he can do a little bit better. [We] can ask more of him where he could be more productive as far as getting his hand down and rushing more instead of dropping [into pass coverage] quite so much. We have high hopes for Brian and whether the deal gets done or not, we know he’ll be a big part of our success [in 2014].”
Tagging him was as much sitting on an asset as anything, as it’s clear Gruden’s not in a hurry to commit long-term dollars to Orakpo until he’s had a chance to see him first.