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Redskins, Orakpo negotiations quiet as deadlines approach

Feb 26, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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With the clock ticking towards two deadlines, things remain very quiet in contract negotiations between the Redskins and linebacker Brian Orakpo.

The closer of the two deadlines is next Monday at 4 p.m. That’s how long the Redskins have to put the franchise player tag on Orakpo. The tag would cost the Redskins a one-year salary in excess of $11 million but it would make it highly unlikely that the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker could change teams.

If the Redskins do apply the tag, the second deadline is essentially moot. Free agency starts at 4 p.m. on March 11 but with Orakpo tied to the Redskins that really won’t matter. But if the Redskins decide against making him their franchise player, Orakpo will be free to sign elsewhere.

Our friends at Rotoworld have Orakpo ranked as the fifth-best player who is slated to be a free agent. Since pass rushers are always at a premium, he would be looking for a contract that pays at least what the $11 million franchise tag salary would bring. The chances are pretty good that he could get it.

The Redskins have many needs on both sides of the ball and letting Orakpo walk would create another one at perhaps the most important position on the defense. On the other hand, the $11 million it could cost to tag him could help fill a lot of other needs.

It has long been thought that the Redskins will use the franchise tag on Orakpo if they are unable to sign him to a long-term deal. However, there has been no indication that they will do that. Usually at this point, five days prior to the deadline, the potential use of the tag comes out as a negotiating ploy to push the player towards a deal. Other than Bruce Allen saying last week that he intended to talk to Orkapo’s camp at the NFL Combine, we’ve heard the sound of crickets out of the negotiations.

That can be taken as a good sign as the two sides are not negotiating through the media. Or it could mean that the Redskins want Orakpo on a long-term deal or not at all. Perhaps they don’t think he’s worth the franchise tag money and they’re willing to let him test the market and see what his true value is.

We will see if that is a chance they are willing to take.

  1. colmac69 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Whatever way it works out orapko b bak with redskins one way or another..u dont let your best players leave (if u consider him one of best on team and its obvious staff feel that way)…who do u replace him with? I have said on various posts we have opportunity with him..riley and kerrigan over this yr and nxt yr to lock up three linebackers going into prime of careers for nxt 4, 5, 6 yrs..where do u go if u let riley and orapko leave this yr and poss kerrigan nxt yr…if those three are locked up im sure majority of fans b happy with that scenario..

  2. kjp0810 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Rich, I though it was interesting what they said about Perry Riley’s worth.

    “103. Inside linebacker Perry Riley — Reportedly seeking Dannell Ellerbe money (five years, $35 million). Isn’t worth half that much. Has some playmaking ability, but consistently poor run defender despite big tackle stats. Turns 26 in May. Redskins want to re-sign Riley”

    • skinsdiehard - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      I agree…Riley is nothing special. Let Keenan Robinson take his spot and draft a rookie in 2nd or 3rd round. It should be fine. Youthful speed is what we need at ILB. They have to cover and be fast. The media just wants a vet at every spot on the Skins but other NFL teams are allowed to have young players. The media here cringes whenever there is talk of letting a young guy play.

  3. skinsdiehard - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    I dont understand why the media thinks every player has to be a 1st or 2nd rounder to start in the NFL. I keep reading how the Skins need CB’s or Safeties. What’s wrong with Phillip Thomas? You hear the media laud other teams for having young players, yet all of the Skins’ young players are described as “not ready, inexperienced….need a veteran first”. It’s stupid. Roll out Thomas, Keenan Robinson, Jose Gumbs, Chase Minnifield, Tom Compton, LeRibeus and Adam Gettis and let them play. There is no reason to draft a RT. We have Compton….he should be ready. Plenty of NFL teams have later picks or undrafted players on the OL.

  4. kenlinkins - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    This is where a good GM proves his worth. Trying to make up for past mistakes by over paying just because you can is not a good idea. There will be key players / positions that require retooling. To date we have only seen a few signings and “The Plan” is still mostly unknown. Orakpo can be tagged if unwilling to sign for $9 million per year but I think Riley will hit Free Agent status but be disappointed with offers. He will sign later in year but at our GM’s price. It will be interesting to see how the GM and new coach handle the roster. Do they clean house now or wait until they have people in place to replace, or a mix of the two? Until we get a read on that we just do not know. Remember, coach Shanahan came in and cleaned house right away and filled the roster with his kind of guys, IMO coach Gruden will wait until he is ready to make a move, IMO he thinks many on the roster were not coached up and could be saved. Time will tell.

  5. skinsdiehard - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    If Orakpo balks at $10MM/yr, let him walk and take the 3rd compensatory pick next year. The Ravens put on a clinic last year on how to retool via free agency plus get comp picks the following year. All of the FA’s signed were cut by their old team. In that case, they do not factor in the awarding of compensatory picks next year. The Redskins should mostly sign vets that are released for cap reasons. Brandon Jenkins should be groomed anyway to take his spot. Jenkins fell in the draft only due to an injury in his senior year at Florida State. Coach him up and let him play.

  6. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I’m still hoping for a Tag and Trade Deal

    • kenlinkins - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Not sure his value in a trade, but the TAG is the play here for the Redskins, and I think Rich called it first. AT first I didn’t like it due to the cost but it seems in line for the best free agent pass rusher out there. I just do not see how we can replace the production and if Rich is right about all the things he does beside just rushing the passer he could be a better value than many of us cost watching want a be GM’s understand. Anyway, the only real way to know for sure without breaking the bank is to TAG him. If the coach and GM want him that bad I have to think they know more than me!

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        If we are gonna keep him I think the best option is to Tag him since he is probably looking for top money Taging him will pay him what he is a top 5 guy, I would like a Tag AND Trade Deal because you can get 3 starters with the money saved and getting atleast 1 first round pick. I Think his trade value is 1 first round pick and a 3rd OR 4th round pick

  7. Stephfan - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    First off Riley isn’t a bad lb.. He is good on the run and ok on the pass.. Skins should look him up because they aren’t going to find someone better in the draft.. Robinson isn’t good enough to be a starter right now.. Plus he is injury prone. So skins should sign rak n Riley long term

  8. fwhalstead1 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    So the question is this: Is he a make or break player that could potentially help get the Skins to the Super Bowl next year? If so you franchise him. I don’t think he is because they’re are just way too many other holes on this team so IMO the money could be better spent on several players in the DRAFT that could make this team a CONSISTENT playoff team. 5 years, 8 mil per year, 20 mill guaranteed or he walks if I’m the GM. Been down this road before where we’ve over payed a player to only watch them under perform…..DRAFT BABY DRAFT…That is how you build a team and then when you get close you sign impact FA’s….Ask yoursel a question: If he were not already a Redskin would you sign him to an 11 million dollar contract? I wouldn’t. It doesn’t make good business sense. It’s all business…

  9. skinsfan5182 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    We can’t let another of our early 1st rd draft picks walk without any compensation in return.
    That happened when we let Landry walk. Orakpo is too important to our defense, the combo of Orakpo & Kerrigan is key for a productive 3-4. The browns released D’qwell Jackson he would be a great addition to our defense, skins front office needs to jump on him. He’s also a University of Maryland product.

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