Report: Washington has yet to make Orakpo an “official offer”
With Monday’s franchise tag deadline looming, the Washington Redskins are reportedly torn over whether or not they want to try to keep Brian Orakpo. The 27-year-old linebacker had 10.0 sacks last season and has 39.5 career sacks. However, according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post, the Redskins are going back and forth on if they want to offer Orakpo a long-term deal.
“I think there’s a lot of back and forth on it,” said one person with knowledge of the team’s deliberations. “I don’t think it’s clear cut.”
As of Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins had not officially offered Orakpo an offer for a long-term deal.
The Redskins could franchise tag Orakpo before Monday’s deadline. If Orakpo is designated as a defensive end, it will cost Washington $13.166 million. If he is designated as a linebacker, the franchise tag will be set at $11.455 million for the 2014 season.
While Orakpo was the Redskins sack leader in 2013, the team may be concerned about tying too much money into the linebacker position. While a long-term deal is a few years off (and not a guarantee) for players like Pierre Garcon, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, Washington could be trying to save money to re-sign offensive players in the future.
One thing is for sure, if Orakpo is allowed to hit the open market, he may be the hottest commodity.
For now, the Redskins are confused about their future with Brian Orakpo.