Redskins players welcome Brian Orakpo back

NFL players don’t always celebrate being hit with a franchise tag; many prefer to try their luck on the open market. But after the Redskins applied the tag to Orakpo on Monday, several of his teammates offered praise and congratulations to the linebacker.

As for Orakpo, he attempted to have fun with the situation.

REID ON ORAKPO

Meanwhile, Jason Reid is not settling for bland platitudes about the franchise tagging. Among his other observations:

The Redskins will have more than $30 million in salary cap space, which is a good amount for a rebuilding team. More than a third of the team’s cap room, though, could be committed to Orakpo. There are only two words for that: bad management.

CLIPPARD WINS

Tyler Clippard, as expected, was the winner of the Nats’ fan choice bobblehead contest. He’ll get his first big-league bobblehead on Sept. 27.

“I can’t believe that I won. Thank you guys so much for coming out and voting for MY bobblehead,” Clippard said in a video released by the team. “I’m super pumped. Hopefully you are too.”

TOM WILSON ON SNOW

It’s a valid question.

NATS QUOTE OF THE DAY

Now Matt Williams is quoting from G.I. Jane.

GIO GONZALEZ AND DAVE WINFIELD

Like the title says.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

Georgetown hosts Creighton at 7 on Fox Sports 1. Maryland hosts Virginia Tech at 8 on WDCA. All radio and TV listings are here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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