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Brian Orakpo, Redskins ‘still talking’ but no resolution yet

Brian Orakpo and the Redskins continue to negotiate. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Contract negotiations continue between the Washington Redskins and linebacker Brian Orakpo as Monday’s deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise player tag looms.

The two sides are “still talking” but there has been no resolution, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

Orakpo would be eligible for unrestricted free agency on March 11 if he’s not signed to a new deal. The Redskins could greatly limit his mobility on the free agent market by using the franchise tag. That would give them the right to retain Orakpo by matching any offer by another team, or to receive two first-round draft picks from Orakpo’s new team if they allow him to depart. Orakpo would receive a one-year contract worth about $11 million if the Redskins use the franchise designation on him.

Any long-term deal completed by the Redskins and Orakpo, who had a team-leading 10 sacks last season and reached his third Pro Bowl, probably would have far less impact on the club’s salary cap next season in its first year. General Manager Bruce Allen said last week the Redskins had not decided whether they’ll use their franchise tag on Orakpo if they’re unable to complete a deal with him by Monday’s deadline.

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Post Sports Live, on Brian Orakpo:

The Post Sports Live crew debate whether Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo deserves a new deal. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)

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