INDIANAPOLIS â€“Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said that he and team officials havenâ€™t decided on whether they will use the franchise tag to retain outside linebacker Brian Orakpo if they canâ€™t reach a long-term deal by the start of free agency.
Orakpo, the teamâ€™s top pass-rusher, will become an unrestricted free agent next month. He has expressed a desire to return to the team that selected him 13thÂ overall in 2009. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said last month that re-signing the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker ranks among the teamâ€™s priorities.
By using the franchise tag on Orakpo, the Redskins would ensure that they retain his services. But doing so would also mean they would have to pay him around $10.9 million, depending on what franchise tag figure the league settles on for the outside linebacker position.
Allen said that he will meet with Orakpoâ€™s agent, Ben Dogra, while in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine.
â€śIâ€™m going to have some more conversations with his representative here, and weâ€™ll see where it goes,â€ť Allen said. â€śWe really havenâ€™t gotten into those types of specifics yet. Really. His agent is supposed to have some ideas on what he would like to propose to us today or tomorrow.â€ť
Allen did reiterate the teamâ€™s desire to re-sign Orakpo but also pointed out that the Redskins have many needs to fill, with 21 players up for free agency.
â€śWe like Brian. Thereâ€™s no doubt we like Brian, as well as a number of other players,â€ť Allen said. â€śIf we were just one player short, thatâ€™d be an easy question. But we have several players that weâ€™re looking to fill.â€ť