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Another tag for Orakpo in 2015?

Mar 6, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


At some point in the next several months it is likely that Brian Orakpo will sign his franchise tag tender. Given that he and the Redskins were not close to an agreement on a long-term contract prior to the team using the tag, the chances are that he plays out the 2014 for the $11.455 million franchise tag salary and becomes a free agent again in 2015.

What then?

If he has a season similar to the one he had last year—15 games played, 10 sacks, 40 QB pressure, an interception and a touchdown—the Redskins and Orakpo will be right back to where they are now, with a serious disagreement over what he’s worth on a long-term contract. If he has a better year with maybe 15 sacks and several forced turnovers, there still is likely to be some distance between Orakpo and the Redskins when it comes to a long-term deal. Orakpo will be entering his age 29 season and the team will be reluctant to hand Orakpo a five-year deal with over $20 million in guaranteed money.

The solution could well be a second year with the franchise tag for Orakpo. A second tag calls for a salary of either that year’s franchise tag amount or 120 percent of the what the player made the previous, whichever is higher. Since the tag salary is unlikely to jump 20 percent a second tag for Orakpo would probably mean the latter calculation would be used. That would mean a salary of about $13.7 million.

That’s a lot but it actually would be a slightly higher percentage of the 2015 cap, which is expected to be at least $140 million.

That would make Orakpo part of a very interesting 2016 offseason. There would be some huge decisions to make. Orakpo would be a free agent. So would Ryan Kerrigan, assuming that the Redskins exercise their 2015 option on his contract. Alfred Morris’ rookie contract will be up as will Trent Williams’. Robert Griffin III will be going into his contract option year and he will carry a cap charge in the neighborhood of $15 million.

We’ll have more details of that scenario in the coming days and, unless a lot changes, the coming two years.

  1. dcsportsfan2277 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Yikes! If he is already threatening to hold out this year I can only imagine how pizzed he would be next year! He would be an unhappy camper even though he would be making around 13 mill.

    • internetcareer - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      actually Rak is unhappy because he wants 13 Million so he should be extremely happy next year because the Franchise tender is 13.7 or more…depending on the revenue it could be 14 Million. He will have an orgasm over that.

  2. colmac69 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Skins have some tough decisions to make in nxt two yrs with their star players…orapko has great 2014 would he b happy to get tagged again knowing that he could get big contract? They option yr on kerrigan means u got him..williams and morris out contract after 2015 season as well as orapko if he gets tagged and plays 2015 with skins… rich points out rgiii with potential 15mill cap hit…better have some gd accounting personnel

    • alextwrs - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Typical Redskin spending habits, without any hint of sarcasm, Pay now and worry later, well its now the later………………

  3. alextwrs - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    No matter how ya slice it, the development of our younger players is pretty valuable TWO YEARS AGO.

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Are we playing the Oakland Raiders again next year?

    If not, Orakpo’s sack average is closer to 8. (He had 2 sacks against the Raiders last year, and 4 against Jamarcus Russell in 2009.)

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Yeah, and Greg Hardy got over a quarter of his sacks this year (4 of 15) in Week 17 against the Falcons, probably had their cars warming up outside in the season finale against an awful line. He also had three against the Giants in Week 3 when New York was awful and Eli was holding onto the ball forever out of fear of throwing an interception. But nobody’s questioning his franchise tag.

      This just in: Pass rushers pad their stats against bad lines. QB’s pad their stats against bad defenses. And so on. None of them apologize for it (they shouldn’t) and none of them are being downgraded by most Redskins fans for it. But Orakpo picks up a few sacks against the Raiders and all of a sudden he’s just mediocre. OK, fine.

      • Michael Thomas - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        if the Redskins face the same situation with Orakpo again next offseason, then they should look at parting ways. They should then save the cap dollars for future contracts with players you listed, expect a 3rd compensatory, and try and grab a good replacement for Orakpo in the draft.

      • thankslittlebrandonbanks - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        BOOM! Was that thunder? Nope, just a logic bomb.

  5. scirishhoss - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I think seeing how Brandon Jenkins does in his 2nd year will play a part with how we handle Orakpo in 2015. I think locking up Kerrigan would be smart after 2015 option is exercised. Ryan might never be elite, but I view him as a very good player who will have a long career. Lock him up.

  6. Ray jones - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    PAY the man NOW.

  7. michael Brewer - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I’m old fashion, rak is a good defensive player still young give him what he’s asking for, make him a member for life
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