Linebacker expressed encouragement about his standing with the Redskins and optimism over his future.
Announcement made by team about 2-1/2 hours before deadline.
The Washington Redskins are leaning toward using the franchise tag to retain the services of outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Deadline is 4 p.m. today.
Teams officials are said to like the linebacker but wonder if retaining the prospective free agent would be wise given the expected price.
That's up from the original projection of about $10.9 million.
Discussions are ongoing between the team and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, but the Redskins have yet to extend their top pass-rusher an official offer.
The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise player tag is Monday.
Figure would be higher than originally expected and would give the Redskins and other teams additional room to maneuver. League and union are in deliberations over the final number, with a resolution expected within days.
The Redskins general manager says team hasn'’t decided whether to use the franchise tag to retain the outside linebacker if they can’t reach a long-term deal