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RGIII, Hall, Baker Welcome Back Orakpo

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 4, 2014 – 10:19 am

Although the franchise tag is not a guarantee Brian Orakpo will return to the Redskins in 2014, it grants the Redskins control of his rights and allows the team more time to negotiate a long-term deal should Washington want to move in that direction.

Orakpo has taken the move in stride.

“They did what they had to do,” he told the Washington Post. “I’m just kind of glad we can at least make a step moving forward instead of being at a stalemate with this whole situation.”

The linebacker’s probable return was reason enough for his teammates to celebrate on Twitter. Read more »

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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.

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Brian Orakpo A Top-5 Free Agent

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 13, 2014 – 11:21 am



While possibly the best free agent wide receiver prospect plays in the NFC East, the top available linebacker might already be in Washington.

According to an NFL.com Around The League list and a USA Today article, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is the No. 3 rated free agent in 2014. Bleacher Report rates Orakpo as the seventh-most appealing man on the market, and Rotoworld rates Rak as the top linebacker in this year’s class.

“He can probably thrive in any scheme having also shined as a defensive end in college for Texas. But 3-4 teams will probably value him most,” USA Today wrote.

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Redskins Pass On Franchise Tag Deadline

Posted by Stephen Czarda on March 4, 2013 – 4:57 pm

Fred Davis, Lavonte David

On Monday, the Washington Redskins passed the 4 p.m. deadline without tagging any of their impending unrestricted free agents.

Soon-to-be free agent tight end Fred Davis, the 2012 Redskins franchise tag recipient, was one of several players that could have been given the 2013 franchise tag.

While the prestigious franchise has one of the best records in league history on the field, find out why success with franchised tagged players is a rarity in Washington.

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