Orakpo says he’s not focused on contract heading into training camp

June 14, 2013

Brian Orakpo gets his hands on a ball during Tuesday’s minicamp practice. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

As the Washington Redskins wrapped up their offseason practices this week, linebacker Brian Orakpo said he’s not fretting about his contract situation or focusing on whether any negotiating progress will be made toward a new deal before training camp begins late next month.

“I’m not worried about it,” Orakpo said. “I’m concentrating on having a successful season. Everything will take care of itself.”

The Redskins finished a two-day minicamp this week. Players are off until training camp, which is scheduled to begin July 25.

Orakpo is entering the final season of his contract and, without an extension, would be eligible for unrestricted free agency next offseason. The Redskins hope his return as a pass-rushing presence will bolster a defense that ranked 30th in the league against the pass last season.

“I don’t think we understood how much we missed ‘Rak until we saw him probably that first day of OTAs and saw him get off the ball,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “We were watching old film and we were like, ‘That’s what we need, ‘Rak, every play.’… ‘Rak is in a similar situation to myself. He’s playing on a one-year deal. He has a lot to prove. He has to go out there and make plays, prove he can be healthy. We have a lot of guys who are playing with something to prove.”

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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