Brian Orakpo’s Rights Rated Most Valuable

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 3, 2014 – 2:24 pm



By placing the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo, the Redskins assured the team rights to sign the most esteemed free agent at his position in 2014.

NFL Media dubbed Orakpo a tier one difference maker in a class of his own among linebackers. Evan Silva of Rotoworld named Orakpo his No. 5 impending free agent – tops among linebackers – and CBS Sports had him rated the third-best candidate for free agency.

After locking up DeAngelo Hall and Chris Baker, franchising Orakpo could create more continuity within a Washington defense led by Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett. Both Haslett and new Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker have talked about taking the outside linebacker tandem of Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to new heights.


If Orakpo and the team can proceed amicably, the move could keep an entrenched leader in the locker room to help fill the void created by London Fletcher’s absence. When healthy, the three-time Pro Bowler is one the NFL’s premiere pass rushers.

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4 Responses to “Brian Orakpo’s Rights Rated Most Valuable”

  1. By Marvin Daniels on Mar 3, 2014 | Reply

    ORAKPO. Just that name alone speaks of the STRENGTH of our Washington Redskins! Great decision of keeping one half of the thunderous end rushers, the dynamic dual, BRIAN & RYAN! Orakpo is truly a pure LB. How dominate would he be as a MLB in place of LONDON?

  2. By pat p on Mar 7, 2014 | Reply

    get bennett from to would be awesome !!!!

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