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Could Orakpo be an Eagles free agent target?

Feb 18, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


There are many Redskins fans who are willing to let Brian Orakpo walk in free agency. I wonder how they would like to see him in Eagles green.

The Birds 24/7 Eagles blog asked Brian Baldinger of NFL Network and of various outlets around Philadelphia to name three free agents who would be a good fit for the Eagles. Orakpo was at the top of the list.

“I think he’s just a solid outside linebacker,” said Baldinger. “I believe he’d be a great fit opposite Connor Barwin. He plays the run well, he’s strong at the point. I know in 2012 he got hurt but for the most part he’s been very durable. And when he’s durable he’s giving you 10 sacks or more a year and I think that’s what you’re looking at.”

Baldinger thinks that Orakpo and Barwin would combine to rack up 20 sacks if they were teamed together.

A side benefit to signing Orakpo would be that the move would simultaneously strengthen the Eagles while weakening their division rival, according to Baldinger.

Converted defensive end Trent Cole played most of the snaps at right outside linebacker opposite Barwin last year. It is unclear what they would do with Cole, who is signed through 2017 and carries a very reasonable $6.6 million cap number, if Orakpo came on board. But it’s a problem that defensive coordinator Billy Davis would love to have.

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Very interesting idea, many of us Redskins fans seem to still have a bit of a “Fat Albert” hang over where Free Agents are concerned. Every NFL talking Head I have seen this off season has Orakpo listed as a top 5 Free Agent and worth the $11 million it would cost for us to tag him. Most are saying that the Redskins would be nuts to not keep him for one year. I wonder how T. Williams would handle Orakpo twice a year? We would know right away if it was a mistake or not to allow him to walk if he landed in Philly. Does Philly have the Cap Space to sign him,? (I know that Dallas doesn’t)

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    No way you let him walk. Tag or deal.

  3. ordiggs - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Let him walk, most of those 10sacks were garbage sacks against garbage tackles. If we played Oakland every week, yeah pay him 11 mil, but this player is not elite with 39.5 sacks over 5years. Question where was Orakpo in the big GM’s we needed him, Minnesota,both Dallas GM’s,Greenbay,Denver,both Phili GM’s,49ers,get the point . The sad thing Bruce Allen &electric company will operate out of fear that Orakpo might be great and overpay an average OLB. So he will get his 11mil a year for 7to 8sacks year, instead investing in player Dev and drafting good players in early and late rounds. Oh that’s the Pete Carroll Model not overpaying for average players but drafting very good in early and late rounds which builds back 1/3 of your roster, and in FA getting a true elite player that has the stats to back it up.

    • beretta92fs - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      I do not necessarily agree that he is mediocre as you describe, I think solid but not great. However, pass rushers are always at a premium, and he is probably still our best defensive player. There is also question of the fact that unlike some other guys he was held back in coverage some.

      Regardless of that difference of opinion, I agree that he should be tagged. Let him play out the year, and “cut him loose” as Haslett has said. If they do, and he does put up the big numbers then you can pay him knowing that he can be a big time player. The only downside to that is he would cost even more next season if he plays at that type of high level.

    • aprilwalker2013 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Hey man..u might make some good points BUT..RAK is our best D player! Elite,great,very good.etc..doesn’t matter..he’s best we got!! Can’t let him get away! Tag him and pay him next year, either way, he’s not going anywhere. I would be surprised if he’s not signed or tagged! Redskins want to keep him, and they will

  4. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Why not Tag him and trade him? Should easily get a 1st round pick for him.

  5. internetcareer - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I know you have to come up with an article per day…but you have wasted space on this one. Orakpo is NOT going to another team despite the fact that he is delusional about being a top tier pass rusher. He wants to be payed like guys who can post 15 sacks….EVEN THOUGH…he has never even approached those numbers. Skins will franchise Orakpo because the 2 sides(reality vs. delusional) are far apart on a contract. During the last few days before free agency Orakpo will get the tag. It really is the best thing for the Skins because they should be tired of giving out long term deals and overpaying pompous ME MINE AND I players.

  6. kjp0810 - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I don’t think Baldinger in very informed on the Eagles cap situation. They already have 2 high priced OLBs where neither getting released would provide much savings (due to being in early part of deals) and not a lot of cap space. Also, they want to try and re-sign 2 of FA WRs and upgrade at Safety. I think it’s safe to say that if the Eagles have any interest, it won’t be for the amount of $ the Skins or some are teams are willing and able to spend.

    • ordiggs - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Agreed but skins with their outstanding business tactics will fall for that article and trust the wisdom of Jim Haz who failed as a HC and has had a terrible D since being here. Again operating out of fear !!!!

  7. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I am starting to feel we need to tag this guy for the “what might happen if we loose him” hangover affect. Is this the correct way to go about things though. I hate to say it but Yea he would have a surge of energy because we let him walk and would have a chip on his shoulder. What chip will he have on his shoulder if we sign him to multiple years, will he be hungry enough to lead our team, because skins def needs a leader more than it needs a star player.

  8. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I like to ask myself, if RAK was resigned and we tried to trade him? What would we get in return, that is the true value of a NFL player, not thier contract. Someone on here thinks he is worth a rd 1. I dont see that, but opinions are entitled, so I would like to hear what other people would give up for this guy.

  9. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Does anybody else feel this team may be more suited to a 4-3 def. If we took RAK or KERR and put thier hand in the dirt with Baker as a DT w/ cofield and Bowen or Baker playing an end position. Mix em up how ya want, and I feel like the three line backers behind them (Jackson, Riley, and RAK/KERR) would have more room to do damage. It would also allow our LE or RE to actually rush the passer or set the edge on a regular basis. What do ya guys think.

    • murphsman - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      That’s assuming we still have all those guys, which I don’t see happening. Rak, Riley, and Jackson are all pending free agents, so I’m not sure if all three are coming back. I also think we should cut Bowen and try and upgrade the position because he has been serviceable, at best

  10. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Jarvis Jenkins not Baker…..sorry

    • darrynhyman - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I think we would really struggle against the run if we went to a 4-3 with either Rak or Kerr because of their size. Those LB’s you named have little to no experience in the 4-3, so I think we would struggle there too. We would have to totally overhaul our front 7 personnel to run a 4-3. Ordiggs has said what I have been saying and I totally agree…why overpay for an average player? Tandler is fearful we won’t be able to replace Rak’s awesome 10 sacks that he gets in the 1st qtr on 1st & 2nd down and now we’re fearful of the Eagles getting him. They want to overpay him…have at it. This team is so far from contending…build it up…Rak has made little to no difference in our defense over 5 yrs…move on and get your 10 sacks from someone or multiple folks at a cheaper price.

  11. alextwrs - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Yea I agree, I wouldnt over pay him for mediocre play. UDFA’s are the key to us rebuilding and it wil take an immense amount of scouting and coaching. Please keep in mind that RAK/KERR are ex DE from college Cofield ran a 4-3 as a DT in NY, Bowen played as an end in a 4-3 at Dallas and Baker has made transitions as well. Riley is a great sweeping ILB and Jackson can cover, what am I missing here about this great 7 man front over haul, not that it will ever happen but i think were a lot closer than you think.

    • darrynhyman - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      I hear what you’re saying, but there is a big difference playing DE in the Big 12 & Big 10 vs. the NFL. We tried Orakpo with his hand in the dirt his rookie year and he struggled mightily against the run. You put either Rak or Kerr as a 4-3 lb and I think they’ll struggle there as well. The 3-4 is a good defense, we just don’t have the horses to run it well

  12. aprilwalker2013 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Redskins can’t let this happen I’m sorry! I’m not one of the fans that say let him walk..I way we can let him walk!! No way!! Have to keep one of our best D players!! HTTR Archives

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