The two-week period in which NFL teams can use their franchise player tags on players begins Monday. The deadline to apply the franchise tag is March 3.
The Redskins alternatively could use the exclusive franchise tag, at a higher price, to take Orakpo off the free agent market altogether.
Unless the Redskins use the franchise tag on Orakpo, who had 10 sacks last season and has 39-1/2 sacks in his five NFL seasons, he would be eligible for unrestricted free agency March 11.
It is not clear if the Redskins plan to use the franchise tag on Orakpo if they’re unable to re-sign him before the March 3 deadline.