The Washington Redskins have not resolved linebacker Brian Orakpo’s contract situation but the two sides remain in negotiations as the NFL’s deadline for teams to use the franchise player tag draws closer.
The Redskins and Orakpo, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who is eligible for unrestricted free agency this offseason, “are talking” and “will continue to talk,” according to a person familiar with the negotiations, adding that no timetables had been set and the parties will “consider all options.”
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said Friday in Indianapolis, site of the NFL Scouting Combine, that he expected to meet there with Orakpo’s agent later Friday or Saturday. Allen said Friday the Redskins had not decided whether to use the franchise tag on Orakpo, who led the team with 10 sacks last season, if they’re unable to sign him to a new deal.
The two-week window for NFL teams to use their franchise tags on players opened last Monday and expires March 3. Using the franchise tag on Orakpo would cost the Redskins a one-year contract worth about $10.9 million but would limit his mobility on the free agent market to the point it would be all but certain he would remain with the team.
Signing him to a long-term contract would cost the Redskins more overall but such a contract probably would be structured to have significantly less of an impact on the salary cap next season in its first year.
The NFL’s free agent market opens March 11.