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98 Brian Orakpo OLB
Height/Weight: 6-4/257 | Birthdate: 7/31/1986 | Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA | Team: Washington | College: Texas | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 15/7 | Average Draft Position: 124.67
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Brian Orakpo exits game with ankle injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo left Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore with an ankle injury. Orakpo sustained the injury in the first half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. After the game, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters that the injury is believed to be minor.

Deal unlikely between Redskins, Brian Orakpo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) It's very unlikely the Redskins and franchise player Brian Orakpo will reach a longterm contract agreement by Tuesday's deadline at 4 p.m. ET, reports CSNWashington.com. If there's no agreement, the Pro Bowl outside linebacker will play this season under a one-year, $11.45 million deal.

Brian Orakpo still hoping for longterm deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, who signed his franchise tender worth over $11 million for 2014, is still hoping to sign a longterm deal with the team. 

"I obviously still want something done. Hopefully sooner than later because I just don’t want to be in a situation where, I don’t know, this stuff lingers throughout the season and is an issue," Orakpo told the Washington Post.

"Hopefully my best interest is their best interest and we get something done. But who knows? It is a business and I have to look out for myself as well. I came into this offseason. I didn’t want any distractions. We dealt with that. Y’all guys are tired of that from last season. I know I am. I wanted to be on the positive side and be here for my teammates, which is the most important thing."


Brian Orakpo signs his franchise tender


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) Linebacker Brian Orakpo signed his franchise tender with the Redskins on Thursday, the team announced. He is guaranteed to make over $11 million in 2014 and be a free agent again in 2015. 

Orakpo had 10 sacks and his first career interception and touchdown last season. 


All franchise tags of the non-exclusive variety


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The four players who got franchised -- the Saints' Jimmy Graham, the Panthers' Greg Hardy, the Jets' Nick Folk and the Redskins' Brian Orakpo -- all received non-exclusive tags. That means they can sign offer sheets with any team.

However, the signing teams would have to give up two first-round draft picks if the tagging team decided not to match. It's highly unlikely any team would give up that much, even for superstars like Graham or Hardy.


Six players get tagged for 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Eight players received the franchise tag in 2013. This year, four players got franchised and two drew the transition tag, which had not been used since 2011.

Getting the franchise tag were Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Jets kicker Nick Folk, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Browns center Alex Mack and Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds were designated as transition players. 

The deadline for tagging players passed at 4 p.m. ET.


Brian Orakpo still hopeful about long-term deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Although the Redskins slapped the 2014 franchise tag on him, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said he remains hopeful the sides can work out a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, reports the Washington Post. Orakpo said he was encouraged the team used the tag to keep him.

However, NFL Network reports Orakpo has no plans to sign his franchise tender now. As long as he doesn't sign it, Orakpo will not have to report for OTAs.


Only four players tagged so far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) With the 4 p.m. ET deadline approaching, only four teams have applied the franchise tag for 2014. The Saints tagged tight end Jimmy Graham, the Jets tagged kicker Nick Folk, the Panthers tagged defensive end Greg Hardy and the Redskins tagged outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Eight players received the franchise tag last year.


Brian Orakpo tag could lead to fight


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) When the Redskins tagged Brian Orakpo, they tagged him at his current position of outside linebacker. But he was drafted as a defensive end in 2009 when Washington played a 4-3 defense, notes ProFootballTalk.com.

The NFL Players Association could argue Orakpo is a defensive end, a tag that would pay him $13.116 million instead of the $11.455 million tag for linebackers.


Redskins place franchise tag on Brian Orakpo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The Redskins slapped the franchise tag on outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. The team will pay the three-time Pro Bowler $11.455 million for 2014.

Orakpo, 27, led Washington with 10 sacks last season. The team can continue negotiating a long-term deal with him until July 15.


Report: Redskins prepared to tag Brian Orakpo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The Redskins want to sign Brian Orakpo to a long-term contract but are prepared to tag the Pro Bowl linebacker if the sides don't reach a deal by the 4 p.m. ET deadline, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. It's the latest in a series of conflicting reports about Orakpo.

Tagging Brian Orakpo 'a really close call'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) With the Monday deadline to use the franchise tag fast approaching, a member of the Redskins' organization told the Washington Post it's "a really close call" whether the team uses the tag on outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Tagging Orakpo would cost Washington $11.455 million for 2014.

Orakpo, 27, led the team with 10 sacks last season while making his third Pro Bowl. If he's not tagged and the sides can't agree on a long-term deal, Orakpo will hit unrestricted free agency March 11.


Speculation: Brian Orakpo likely heading for free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is destined for free agency, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora has speculated. A franchise tag of $11 million for Orakpo would likely preclude the team from filling its many holes at other positions.

Orakpo registered 10 sacks last season and is averaging 9.5 in four full seasons.


No resolution between Redskins, Brian Orakpo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Negotiations between the Redskins and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo are continuing, but there's been no resolution, reports the Washington Post. The team could put the franchise tag on Orakpo if the stalemate continues.

He's scheduled to hit free agency March 11.


Brian Orakpo 'a top priority' for Redskins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) The Redskins are talking to Brian Orakpo's reps in an effort to re-sign the outside linebacker before free agency opens March 11. He's coming off his third Pro Bowl appearance.

"He’s a top priority for us. We’d love to get Brian back," coach Jay Gruden told the team's website. "Obviously, we have a lot of respect for what Brian has done as a Washington Redskin. We hope to get him back next year, no question."


Redskins have cash to re-sign Brian Orakpo, other free agents


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The league's two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty against the Redskins has expired, leaving the team more than $28 million under the projected 2014 cap, reports CSNWashington.com. General manager Bruce Allen expects to add about 20 new players in addition to re-signing key free agents.

That list is led by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who had 67 tackles, 10 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 15 games.

“It will be a little bit different” having cap space, Allen told the website. “But we want to first look at our players, make sure that we retain the ones we feel can help us win in the future. And then, with the leftover money that’s available, we will fish around in free agency.”


Brian Orakpo replacing Ahmad Brooks at Pro Bowl


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will replace 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks at the Pro Bowl. It will be Orakpo's third appearance since entering the league in 2009. Orakpo's 10 sacks this season were the most since he recorded 11 as a rookie.

Redskins' top need is re-signing Brian Orakpo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) The "top need" for the Redskins this offseason is to re-sign impending free agent Brian Orakpo, reports the Washington Post. The 27-year-old outside linebacker had 60 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception before sitting out the regular-season finale with a groin injury.

Washington inactives Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Washington has made QB Robert Griffin III, WR Josh Morgan, CB Chase Minnifield, C J.D. Walton, G Josh LeRibeus, LB Adrian Robinson and LB Brian Orakpo inactive Week 17.

Griffin III continues to sit in favor of Kirk Cousins. Orakpo is dealing with a groin injury, and has not improved enough to play.


Brian Orakpo won't play Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Washington LB Brian Orakpo is inactive Week 17.

Orakpo is dealing with a groin injury. He was able to get through a limited practice Friday, but did not improve enough to play.


Brian Orakpo questionable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Washington LB Brian Orakpo is questionable Week 17.

Orakpo is dealing with a groin injury, and was limited in practice Friday. He did not practice Thursday due to the injury.


Brian Orakpo unable to practice Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo was unable to practice Thursday.

Orakpo was listed on Wednesday's practice report as limited, so it was a disappointment that he was unable to go. Orakpo is dealing with a groin injury.


Brian Orakpo listed as limited


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) The Redskins didn't practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game at the Giants. Had they practiced, linebacker Brian Orakpo would have been limited with a groin injury.

Orakpo tweaked his groin in the fourth quarter last Sunday vs. Dallas. He has 60 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception.


Redskins linebackers banged up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the season finale after tearing his MCL, while fellow linebacker Brian Orakpo is day-to-day with a strained groin, reports the Washington Post. Orakpo has 60 tackles, 10 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games.

Another big game for Brian Orakpo


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/16/2013) Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo continued his productive run with another 1 1/2 sacks Week 15, giving him seven in his last six games. He also tied for the team lead in tackles with eight, including six solo, and recovered a fumble.