With just under three hours remaining to sign franchise tagged players to long-term deals, the Washington Redskins are looking at an all too familiar predicament. The Redskins are yet to agree to terms with linebacker Brian Orakpo and it appears unlikely that the two sides will strike a deal by the 4 p.m. deadline. Washington signed Orakpo to tenure of $11.45 million in hopes of buying time in order to reach a contract extension, but the wide disparity of terms has led to failed attempt.
The Redskins will now have the just one more year to sign Orakpo to a long-term deal if they so choose. If the team is unable to so, Washington will be allowed to once again place the franchise tag on Orakpo that will count $13.7 million against the cap.
In his four seasons with the Redskins, Orakpo has compiled 39.5 sacks while making three Pro-Bowl appearances. The former Texas Longhorn turns 28 at the end of the month and has made it very clear he hopes to be paid for his performance. Expect for Washington to keep Orakpo around for as long as they can without committing to a long-term deal. Washington has funneled large assets into other players, and it may be difficult for the two sides to reach a median. Even without a long-term contract, Orakpo should be ready to once again be the catalyst of the Redskins defense.