Brian Orakpo signs franchise tag tender


Brian Orakpo leaps to break up a Tony Romo pass last season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins announced that outside linebacker Brian Orakpo has signed his one-year franchise player tender.

The team used the franchise tag to retain Orakpo’s services after failing to come to an agreement on a long-term deal. The one-year tender for an outside linebacker would pay Orakpo a salary of $11.455 million

The 13th overall pick of the 2009 draft, Orakpo has led Washington in sacks in four of his five seasons and has earned three Pro Bowl selections. He missed all but two games with injury in 2012.

Orakpo last year recorded 10 sacks — his second double-digit sack campaign, and the first since his rookie season.

Rules permit Washington and Orakpo to continue to negotiate toward a long-term deal. But Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on Wednesday that he would rather let Orakpo play out his franchise tag so the team can continue to evaluate him before awarding him what would be a highly lucrative and long-term contract.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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Mike Jones · March 27, 2014