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 Also, the tag can be rescinded at any time, unless Orakpo accepts it.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.